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I am replacing a Lightolier 3-way Dimmer switch with a Leviton IPI06-1LX Dimmer switch. When I install the dimmer switch it works fine. But the on/off regular wall switch won't turn the light on or...


It depends. Some dimmers are considered "smart dimmers," where the control on the other end of the 3-way has to be intelligent enough to send a signal back to the dimmer. If the Lightolier dimmer was a smart dimmer, then chances are that the 3-way control was designed to talk only to that specific dimmer. The Leviton product you replaced it with is a simple, basic dimmer - it should work in conjunction with a simple, basic 3-way switch.

If the 3-way control already IS a simple, basic 3-way switch - then I would simply re-check the wiring of the dimmer you replaced.

Sep 11, 2011 | Electrical Supplies

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I am wondering if a defective dimmer could be the cause of my kitchen lights being dimmer than usual


1) Electronics inside dimmer can go bad, and lights will not work as before.
Simply replace dimmer.
I buy new dimmers at Home Depot.

2) Lutron shows a wide variety of dimmers:
Use pictures from page to identify type of dimmer you want, and then google search: For example search for 'skylark dimmer' or 'rotary dimmer'
http://www.lutron.com/Products/StandAloneControls/Dimmers-Switches/Pages/DimmersSwitches.aspx

3) Add a comment for more free help. For example how to install new dimmer without calling electrician.
Also take advantage of fixya phone service.
For a price, fixya expert speaks with you over phone while you work on dimmer, or any do-it-yourself project.

Jan 12, 2011 | Leviton #R00-6684-000 LGTD 3W Rotary...

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My rotary dimmer doesn't switch 3-ways. I have to push the dimmer button to "on", then I can use the other switch to turn on/off.


You posted under Leviton rotary dimmer.
Lutron and Leviton have many 3-way dimmer styles, and both make 3-way rotary dimmers.

I remember years ago replacing 3-way switches with dimmers and having same experience as you. One dimmer has to be ON for the other dimmer to dim.

Later I learned when you replace both 3-way switches with dimmers, you buy a control-and-companion dimmer set. One dimmer is main, and it lets you dim from both locations. The two dimmers communicate with each other electronically. Buy these dimmers at lighting store that specializes in fixtures and dimmers. Ask for most experienced salesperson.

I checked to see if rotary dimmers are made in the companion set. And neither Leviton or Lutron show 3-way companion set rotary dimmers.

1) Leviton spec sheet on rotary 3-way dimmers does not show companion dimmer. This indicates that Leviton rotary dimmers don't have capability of communicating with each other.

2) Lutron has image of 3-way rotary dimmers.
Image shows single rotary dimmer in 3-way & 4-way circuit.
This tells me that Lutron does not have companion dimmer for 3-way rotary dimmer.
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Nov 30, 2010 | Leviton Decora Rotary Dimmer 600-Watt SP...

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The on-off switch for the dimmer is "loose" and does not turn the light on anymore.


There are no repair parts for in-wall electrical devices.
When they go dad you buy another.
Lowes and Home Depot carry inexpensive dimmers.
Look for 3 things:
1) Wattage: most off-the-shelf dimmers are 500-1000Watts. Add up total wattage.
2) If you are dimming incandescent bulbs, dimmer package will say tungsten or incandescent.
Package will say florescent if dimmer also works for florescent bulbs.
3) If dimmer is 3-way, with a dimmer on either end of a room, many times the dimmers are sold as a package of 2 dimmers with 1 dimmer that controls the other dimmer.

Lutron dimmers
http://www.lutron.com/Products/StandAloneControls/Dimmers-Switches/Pages/DimmersSwitches.aspx
Leviton dimmers
http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/ibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?section=15265&minisite=10025

Nov 15, 2010 | Lutron #DVW-603PGH-WH 600W White Single...

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I only need a single pole dimmer switch. Which product do i buy. I bought the smart dimmer system remote, but it doesn't seem to be right.


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The photo shows the master 'smart' dimmer, but you purchased the remote 'smart' dimmer that is slave to the master dimmer.

So you are correct, that is not the correct dimmer for a single-pole application.
Cooper brand Aspire dimmers are available in 'Smart' dimmer and just plain old dimmer.

Smarthome has a plain old aspire dimmer
http://www.smarthome.com/21530S/Aspire-9530DS-600w-Slide-Dimmer-Desert-Sand/p.aspx
Google products also shows the Lutro Maestro dimmer
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=maestro+dimmer
Lowes and Home Depot have ordinary dimmers also.

Both the dimmer linked to above will work for your single pole application. Keep in mind, they also work for 3-way applications so there will be an extra wire.
Since you know the phrase 'single pole' I suspect the wiring for you will be a cinch.

If you need assistance with the new dimmer, add a comment and I will answer.

Oct 30, 2010 | Master Heaters Aspire Design System Smart...

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Lutron dimmers throught the house, lights go high brightness to low all by themselves, is this just a bad dimmer?


I have spent considerable time on the Lutron site past couple days looking at their dimmers.

Lutron has a lot of dimmer varieties. The basic breakdown is 600Watt and 1000Watt. But different dimmers control different types of lighting.
Here is the long list of Lutron dimmer manuals:
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http://www.lutron.com/Service-Support/Technical/InstallationInstructions/Pages/InstallationInstructions.aspx?syst=Dimmers+%26+Switches&prodn=Maestro%C2%AE+dimmer+%26+switch


I cannot find a specific troubleshoot manual for Lutron dimmers
So I suggest 4 things:
1) Feel the dimmer switch for heat >>> if it is getting hot (not warm), then that dimmer is dangerous, so remove dimmer immediately, add up your total bulb wattage to make sure you're below the 600 or 1000 watt capacity of you model dimmer
2) Look at the list of manuals shown at link, and make sure your dimmer matches the type of bulb you are using. Your dimmer model number and wattage should be printed on side or back of dimmer.
3) These dimmers use electronics to control the lights. Electronics go bad. The higher the wattage controlled by your dimmer, the more heat, and the shorter the dimmer life.
4) Short in the wires. Replace your dimmer with one from Home Depot and see if the condition persists. If it does, then a short is probably somewhere in that circuit. Troubleshooting a short is another long answer that needs more wiring detail ... please repost if you have a short.

Oct 17, 2010 | Maestro Lutron Dimmer 600 Watts Ma-600-wh

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Lights can be turned off and on but not dimming. I felt the wall plate was hot to the touch. The dimmer was working until bulbs were replaced.


If your wallplate is hot, that is a sign of trouble, and possible electrical fire. That dimmer is not made for the load, or it is going bad.

Turn off the dimmer immediately. Do not use the dimmer at all. Replace with a wall switch until you have the correct dimmer.

Each dimmer is rated for Watts. Ordinary electrical switch is rated by amps. Ordinary 15 Amp electrical switch can handle up to 1400 Watts. This means 14 - 100 watt bulbs.

Dimmers are usually not rated for 1400 Watts. They have 500-600 Watt rating. Look at the side of your dimmer for Wattage information that is usually printed on dimmer.

Heavier-duty dimmers cost more and can carry more wattage. Some dimmers carry up to 1800 watts. These kinds of dimmers have aluminum heat sink visible right on the face of dimmer.

In any case, your dimmer is an electrical fire hazard and should be replaced. Add up total wattage of your lights, and read new dimmer package when buying.

Up-vote if this information is helpful. Thanks for the feedback.

Oct 15, 2010 | Lutron ELECTRONICS S-1000H-LA SKYLARK...

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I need to install a diva low voltage electronic dimmer. An incandesent dimmer was previously installed. lights flickered. There are 4 wires on the dimmer. (green black whate and yellow) I know what to do...


The dimmer connections should go like this.

Black from dimmer to black Constant Power In Wall
White from dimmer to Neutral (Whites) in wall
Yellow from dimmer to wire out to light (usually black)
Green from dimmer to BARE GROUND WIRE

May 08, 2010 | Lutron Diva Electronic Low Voltage 3-Way...

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Replace 3 way dimmer but different color wires how to connect?


you will want to make the following connections
existing-black wall to black dimmer now connects to red dimmer
existing black wall to red dimmer now connects to black dimmer
existing red wall to black dimmer now connects to red dimmer
Green wire connects to bare copper wires in wall

Apr 26, 2010 | Leviton Toggle Touch Dimmer - TGI06-1LB -...

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Can a single pole dimmer replacement 3-way control dimmer?


no a single pole dimmer is for 1 location control you need a 2 location control dimmer, return the dimmer for an exchange ensuring you tell them 2 location master dimmer

Dec 24, 2009 | Maestro Lutron Electronics 3-way Duo...

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