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Need to replace the HPM dimmer switch with a normal switch

Need to replace the HPM dimmer switch with a normal single post switch as new lights do not allow dimming. Note: lights are controlled by 2 switches

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This is not a difficult job. First of all go out to a home depot or other hardware store and purchase one three way switch. They come in white, cream, and brown.

Back home, kill the power to the lights you are working on. Then open up the dimmer switch, the other switch doesnt need to be changed. Now, simply draw a diagram of where each wire color is now connected and remove the old dimmer. Reconnect the wires. Remember that the white wire goes on the dull color screw and the other two go on the brass screws. Turn the power back on.

If you do all this and the switch only works correctly part of the time just reverse the two wires on the bright brass screws. Please mark this answer as a fixya!

Posted on Mar 09, 2009

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I would like to connect a two way dimmer to a one way circuit.


Do you mean a three way dimmer?

How many switches do you want to be in the circuit when you are finished?

A three way switch can be used in a circuit where one or two switches are desired.

What you need to find is which two wires go to the light, and which two come from the power.

Are you in the US, if so, there will be a white wire which should be a non current carrying conductor. It will not be attached to the switch.

Without understanding the number of switches that are currently in the circuit, I'm going to tell you if you just are wanting to replace a single switch with a three way, than "yes" that is not a problem.

Hit me back when you can with the rest of the information.

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The dimmer switch you select will depend on the type of bulbs you will be using. The 'original type ' of dimmer works with regular incandescent bulbs and halogen bulbs only. They cost around $15.00. Then there are dimmers for compact florescent (cfl) bulbs and LED lights that are dimmable, as well for regular light bulbs. These types of dimmers are more expensive, ranging in price form around $40.00 upwards.
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If you are replacing a single pole switch ( just one switch that operates lights) you'll need a single pole dimmer. If you are replacing a 3-way switch ( two switches that operate the same light) you'll need a 3-way dimmer.
Installing the dimmer is pretty straight forward. All dimmers come with installation instructions. Make sure you turn off the circuit breaker for the particular switch you are replacing.

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http://www.lutron.com/Products/StandAloneControls/Dimmers-Switches/Pages/DimmersSwitches.aspx

Lutron shows widest selection of dimmers.
The wattages you posted are standard for multiple dimmers.

Once you identify type of dimmer, add a comment and say if dimmer is single-pole or 3-way.
A 3-way dimmer would be in a hallway, where more than 1 device controls same lights.
Single pole is where one device controls lights.

If I know what dimmer you have, I can search for the product and add another comment.

Or search for yourself:
For example, let's say you have 3-way Skylark dimmer.
Do a google search for 3-way skylark dimmer:
http://www.google.com/search?q=3-way+skylark+dimmer&ie=u
Or 3-way rotary dimmer, etc.

If information above doesn't help, then take advantage of fixya phone service.
Fixya expert can talk with you over the phone for a price.

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This is a 3-way switch, made to control a light fixture that is also controlled by another switch in a different location. A typical example is a ceiling light fixture installed in an upstairs hallway, which could be controlled by switches at both top and bottom of the staircase.

The green wire in your switch is the ground connection, and joins to the green insulated or bare copper ground wire in the switch box. The red wire is the common connection. It connects either to the incoming AC hot wire from the electric panel, or to the hot terminal of the light fixture, depending on the switch location. The two black wires are traveller connections. They connect to the traveller terminals of the other 3-way switch.

If you purchased this switch as a replacement for a regular single-pole toggle switch or dimmer switch - one that controls a light from a single location only - then this isn't what you need and you can't use it. You'll know if you have a single-pole switch because it will have only three wires or screw connections. Return it and get a single-pole.

To install this as a replacement for a 3-way toggle switch or dimmer, connect the red wire to the wire going to the common terminal of the original switch. This will be a black- or brass-colored screw on a toggle switch, or the different-colored (not green, that's ground) wire on a dimmer. The black wires connect to the wires that go to the traveller screws (copper-colored) on a toggle switch, or the same-colored wires on a dimmer. It doesn't matter which traveller wire connects to which.

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If you want to use the Cooper switch you have you can take one of the black wires and cap it with a wire nut and connect the other two wires, but frankly, you'd be paying about 2 times the price for a 3-way dimmer switch when you only need a single pole switch.

You should be able to return the switch and get the correct one.

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