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End of Run Dimmer Switch Installation

I am try to install a new dimmer switch. When I removed the old switch it is at the end of the run and has one black wire, one white wire and a ground wire connected to it. The new dimmer comes with one black, one white, one red, one yellow and ground wires. The instructions show the yellow wire is for a remote 3way switch and is not used in this situation.
My question is how do I connect the rest of the wires. When I asked the store if this was the correct switch for my application I was told yes and to just keep switching the wires until I found the correct combination that worked!

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The store doesn't know what they are talking about. And I can't believe they told you to just keep switching wires. Hitting the wrong wires is an easy way to short the dimmer switch out. Take it back and go to Home Depot or Lowes and buy the same type switch you took out.

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Light switch wiring


Yes.
The code is maximum 12 boxes per circuit breaker.
You can connect a 12-2 NM W/G cable to one of the outlets. Black-to-black and white-to-white and ground-to-ground. Black is hot, white is neutral, and ground is ground. And bring that cable into a hollow-wall box you install 50" high on the wall. Then run the 12-2 cable up to your light fixture.
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You can also replace one of the outlets with a combo switch-outlet. The run singe 12-2 cable up to light.
This wiring diagram shows half way down how-to-wire-switches page.
Outlets have wide blade on neutral side, and narrow blade on hot side.
The black hot wires from old outlet connect to side of combo device with narrow blade.
The white neutrals from old outlet, and new wire going to switch, all connect to silver screw on wide-blade side of new combo device.
The black wire going to new light connects to screw next to switch located on wide-blade side of device.

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I installed 2 3 way lighted dimmer switches (DR703PWV) in my Living room Chandelier, and the control for On & Off is working as it is supposed to, but when I try to dim the chandelier flickers from...


Install one dimmer at the load end feeding the light. Install a standard 3way switch at the other end. Make sure the dimmer switch is rated for the type of bulbs in the fixture. ie Led, halogen etc.

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Two wall sconces: pulled out old dimmer: 2 sets of romex and no ground. white wires wired together; two black wires, one hot. Installed new dimmer: on-off OK but only one light dims with buzzing. Dimmer is...


Okay. This is going to be easy.
You're in the middle of a circuit and that's why you have 2 Romex'.
The HOT black is the line side. It comes from the panel. The not-hot black is the load side. These 2 blacks go to the brass screws on the switch. The whites tie together and don't go to the switch, UNLESS there are 2 silver screws on it, then they go there. Watch the switch to see if it's clearly marked for LINE and LOAD. In that, the HOT black goes to LINE and it's white companion (from the same Romex) goes to the LINE silver screw. The 2 from the second Romex go to the screws marked LOAD.
In the sconces, you're going to find one that has 2 sets of wires and the other has one set. (I'm betting) The one that's working better, is the first one from the switch wiring.
Open the working one with the switch turned off, of course. Disconnect the wiring going to the second light. Make sure the first light works just like you want it to.
Now, take the 2nd sconce down and see if the wires are in the right places. White to white, black to black, grounds in place, protecting wires from the others. If all that looks fine, reconnect the wire running from the first light to the second. Even though these are still opened up. turn on the switch and see if the 2nd sconce works.
If it's still buzzing, try to determine exactly where the noise is coming from.
Some dimmers won't work with florescent bulbs, some don't like halogen bulbs. SOME don't like the energy-efficient curly bulbs!
The box/instructions for the new dimmer may point out what it's NOT compatible with.
If everything's connected correctly and there's still buzzing, I'm guessing that there's some mis-match between the new dimmer and the lights.

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The Leviton IP106 Illumatech dimmer switch must be installed at the switch location where the hot feed exists. From your description your hot feed is at the regular 3-way switch location. Swap locations.

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I have 600 w lutron dimmer running 3 40 w incadesant lights. they start blinking like strobe lights. change bulbs and it goes away


If your dimmer was working correctly in the past, and suddenly started doing this, then your dimmer is probably gone bad.

If this is a new installation, the wiring could be wrong, or the dimmer could be wrong.
For example you purchased the companion or accessory dimmer rather than the main dimmer.
Or the wiring is put on the wrong screw.

If this is a new installation, add a comment and fill in the information and I can troubleshoot.

What is the model number of your dimmer.
For example the Maestro MIR600.
Are you replacing a single-pole switch or a 3-way switch?
Are you using 2 dimmers in a 3-way application?
What color are the screws on your dimmer?
What color are your wires and which screw do they go to?

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So, with that being said, if we assume the white wire in the box is actually acting as a second black wire, when I went to hook up the first dimmer switch, I connected the black wire in the box to one of...


The most likely candidate is the white wire. In a standard residential installation, the white wire is often the neutral connection - and wiring the dimmer hot to neutral will cause exactly what you described.

However, often times the white wire is instead a traveller wire being run to the switch from the fixture (which, it sounds like that's what you were assuming) - in which case, the other likely candidate would be having a loose power connection coming in contact with ground. Sometimes this can be a loose screw or, as you describe, a loose wire.

Your best choice would be to install a standard 50-cent light switch first. If you connect it together and it works - then you know a connection came loose and made a bad contact - so then you can try using another dimmer. If you connect it and the breaker trips - then you know you're using the wrong wires/connections.

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I am replacing a 3 way light switch with a dimmer switch. The existing switch has the green ground, two black on one side and a red on the other. The new dimmer has the green ground, two red and one black....


There is no universal convention on the color coding of wires for three-way switches, other than green always being ground. Fortunately if you wire it wrong you won't hurt anything, it just won't work right. Two wires are "travelers", they run between one three-way switch and the other. The "travelers" were attached to opposite sides of one end of your old switch. From your description, one is red and one is black. (These two wires are interchangeable, except that in one position both toggles up or both down would ON. In the other position one toggle up and the other down would be ON.) The "third wire" was attached to the other end of the old switch and is black. If you can't tell by just looking at it which lead of the new switch is alone at one end of the new switch (and is therefore mate for the "third wire"), you can just try the combinations. Assuming you still know which black wire is your "third wire" there will only be 3 combos.

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It could be how you have it wired. 2 way switches can be tricky. One of switches will have a wire run to the chandelier and this is where your dimmer should go. Here's a link to a explanation of 2 way wiring. Hopefully this will help. If you want to check to see if it is the bulbs, you could put in non energy efficient bulbs although I think it's another problem. If it was the bulbs, the dimmer would at least turn on the energy efficient bulbs in the low position. Good luck!

Link to 2 way switch diagram

http://2wayswitch.com/2-way-switch-wiring-diagram/

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The task was to replace a bathroom vanity light. Before removal of the old light, the dimmer switch worked correctly. I didn't touch the dimmer switch. After removal, the wall wires consisted of two...


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Generally, 3 wires indicate a "3way" switch where you have 2 switches at opposite entrances to a room. Both the Red and Black Can be hot, depending on the other switches position. But, a red wire would normally only be found at the switch box not the light.

What I'd suggest, is that you get a multimeter, and use it to determine the hot wire and the ground/neutral. Once you know which wire is hot, connect the hot to the black lead, and ground/neutral to the white lead of the light. That is the only SAFE manner I can see to resolve this.

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