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End of Run Dimmer Switch Installation

Old switch has two posts - brass & silver. New dimmer has ground post, and two un-marked posts. Which one is the positive and which is the negative?

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Take a look at the old switch that you have taken out, just connected the new one as the old. with the ground to the switch box.
Since the new one is not marked, you can connect the black on either side of the switch.

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