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I want to replace dimmer switch with standard switch

I want to replace a dimmer switch with a standard switch. The currently installed dimmer switch has two wires coming out from it. One of those wires is spliced to a black wire coming out of the wall. The other wire is spliced to TWO black wires coming out of the wall. What kind of standard switch do I need, and how should I attach the three black wires to it?

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The two black wires spliced are Live wires ( same value as RED) the other single black is the return. The two twisted blacks from the wall go into ther active hole of the new switch and the single into the return. No third wire for earth is needed

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No power from switch to light fixture


I'm an electrician and can help you with this problem. Assuming that this dimmer was installed correctly because it had been functioning properly earlier, the short answer is that the switch has failed.

Dimmer switches are solid state devices, not unlike a modern stereo receiver. Like the receiver, it uses components called transistors and rectifiers to control power that can and do eventually fail. Installing lamps with a total wattage greater than the dimmer is designed to operate will cause it to fail prematurely. Most dimmers are rated for 600 watts, unless marked otherwise. Dimmers are used to control incandescent lamps (those with a filament - unless a compact fluorescent lamp package states it can be dimmed) only. Dimmers are not suited to control the speed of a motor (as is often found in the case of a ceiling paddle fan / light fixture). Use of them in this way creates excessive heat at the motor that can cause a fire.

If you are trying to use the dimmer in these conditions detailed above, it will be a cause for premature failure. Likewise, accidental shorting of the output of the dimmer will cause it to fail instantly.

You will likely need to replace the switch with a dimmer or standard toggle switch to gain control of the load again. If after correcting an excessive wattage load or removing a motor from the output of the switch - and trying a dimmer again, be sure to shut the power to the switch off before wiring and follow the instructions.

If you are installing this dimmer to replace and existing switch or dimmer, please provide more details including the switch manufacturer's name and model, the type and size of load being controlled, number of wires, etc.

I hope this helps & good luck

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Installing a Lightolier 600VA general inductive dimmer switch.


Hi James, I'm an electrician and can help you with this problem.

From what you describe, the wiring in the switch box is for a standard, single pole switch or dimmer, and is not compatible with this replacement switch. Here's why: you stated that there are (2) wires in the box, a black and white insulated wire, that once fed a dimmer switch. Common wiring practices would suggest to most electricians that the white wire is the 120 volt "hot" supply and the black is the switched leg - or output of the switch to the fixture.

The replacement inductive dimmer switch is not a standard switch. It is designed to control inductive loads - or motors such as a fan. It does not simply control the flow of current - but actually uses a small amount of electricity to do this. This means it needs a complete 120 volt circuit consisting of a neutral and hot wire; and wire for the output of the switch to the motor. A total of insulated 3 wires. You have only two.

If you have a neutral in the box, you can use the switch if wire like this:

120 volt "hot" to the switch Black
120 volt "neutral" to the switch White
120 volt load wire (to motor) to the switch Red
The switch Yellow should be taped or capped off and is used only in a three way application.

The "arm switch" cuts power and the wheel is used to set low speed setting. You can see the info sheet here.

As mentioned above, this switch is used to control a motor - not a light. The same way a dimmer is used to control a light - not a motor. If you do not have access to a neutral in the box, you should either install one or, use a different switch. There are motor speed control switches that do not require a neutral wire and cost under $25.

If you need to control both light and fan there are products that are installed in the canopy of a paddle fan that will do this for under $50 and are operated via a wireless remote that can be secured to the wall such as those below:



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These can be found at Home Depot, Lowes, and electrical supply stores.

I hope this was helpful & good luck!

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Using 3 way dimmer, lights don't appear to go to full light


Hi Gene,

When two 3-way switches are used to control a light - and you wish to install a dimmer, you replace only ONE of the switches. If you replace both switches with dimmers, and one dimmer is set to 50%, the light will only be able to get to 50% bright; regardless even if the other switch is set to 100%. The light can only get as bright as the current lowest dimmer position of either switch.

Most modern dimmers are solid state, and should be able to get full power to the lamps. Older dimmers aren't very efficient and work a little differently - but should still do a good job as far as brightness of the lamp. You can run into trouble trying to dim CFL (compact fluorescent lamps) if they are not labeled specifically for use with a dimmer. Even those that are labeled for use with a dimmer have a noticeably short range of dimming when compared to standard tungsten lamps, and tend to have an audible buzzing sound.

If this doesn't answer your question, please provide the wattage, type and number of lamps in the fixture. Your dimmer is rated for up to 600 watts, but may be less if it is in a switchbox with other dimmers or you have broken off portions of the heat shield as directed by the instructions.

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We have a lioghtolier 600 volt dimmer switch talking to an HAI OmniPro and it stopped working. It has two other switches nearby and they work fine. The problem switch has no blue LED on when the light is...


Recycle the the dimmer switch and replace it with a new one. The dimmer switch was probably rated at 600 Watts. Therefore, 600 Watts/120 Volt which you house voltage equals= 5 amperes.
5 amps is the maximum current for the dimmer switch.

That means the voltage is 120V/240V with max current 5amp/2 1/2 amp. The HAI OminPro is drawing to much current and it's exceeding the the current limits of the dimmer switch.

Get a new dimmer switch that maximum current of 15 amps with 120 volt house voltage. That will fix you problem. GB....stewbison

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I changed the light bulbs in the fixture it controls, now it does not work. What is wrong?


This switch is designed to dim incandescent lamps. It has nothing in its description about being used with CFL (compact fluorescent lamps) types. If you are attempting to dim standard CFL types, it will not work.

CFL's are available in both dim-able and standard types. As you may have guessed, only those marked as "dim-able" will work with a dimmer switch. Dim-able CFLs cost slightly more than standard CFLs but may be controlled by any switch. Dimmer switches may only control incandescent and other type lamps that specifically state they are compatible with dimmer switches.

If you are attempting to dim incandescent lamps, make sure that you are not trying to dim lamps with a total wattage greater than the dimmer can handle. Most dimmer switches are rated for 600 watts, if you have two dimmer switches under one wall plate, the wattage rating drops to about 500 watts. This de-rating is because of the heat the switches create. There are dimmer switches that can dim more than 600 watts, but the price skyrockets for a 1000 watt dimmer, and keeps climbing.

If your wattage is within the limits of the dimmer, check the bulbs. If they are ok, the dimmer may have failed and require replacement.

If you found my reply helpful, please rate it "4 thumbs up". Good luck & thanks!

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I replaced a standard single pole light switch with a lutron Meastro dimmer switch with remote. It does not work. I replaced the standard switch and all was good. This circuit is on the same line a gfci...


Hello. There could be a couple of possibilities. First is the simplest to verify, is it a Companion Dimmer, Standard Dimmer switches or a 600W or 1000W Maestro Wireless Multi-location Dimmer. The Maestro Companion Dimmers can not be used individually, as they do not control a load, and must be used along with a Maestro or Maestro Wireless Multi-location Dimmer. The Campanion Dimmers are also a line/low voltage rating, and rated for incandescent and halogen but may not handle some flourescent fixtures. The other thing I can think of is that you may have interfearence from another item. They are radio frequency (RF) devices that communicate together for wireless control of lights. Here's two links that may be of some help, the second has downloadable install instructions.

http://www.smarthome.com/6601LA/Lutron-MA-R-LA-Maestro-Companion-Dimmer-Switch-Light-Almond/p.aspx

http://www.prolighting.com/lumamaprsmre.html

Hope this helps out, don't forget to rate this answer.

Thank You,
Richard

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Fan speed control electrical box burned up in less than 60 days need to replace it. Model: UC7067RK


Hello,

Most the time when I hear of a UC7067 "burning up" it usually means the person has a dimmer switch on the wall that is supplying power. You will need to replace the dimmer with a standard on/off toggle switch or add an in-wall remote where the dimmer switch currently is. Both the UC7067 and WC-210 Wall controllers can be found at http://www.fanmanlighting.com/default.asp

Hope this helps!

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A standard dimmer switch only needs two wires plus ground, just like a standard switch. If you are replacing a three-way switch with a dimmer, then you need a three-way dimmer switch (which has three wires). 4-way switches have 4 wires. Note, with 3-way or 4-way switches you have multiple switches controlling the same light, but only one of them can be a dimmer. good luck, Al K

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3 way dimmer switch ace 6443v-k only dims in one direction.


At the switch you have a common ( either a hot or a wire going to lt). And two Travelers( Wires going from one switch to the other) Make sure your not mixing one of the travelers up with the Common easy mistake happens all the time. Travelers are always in the the same at the other end of the 3w switch , you may need to take it apart and look. If you need further help send me more details I hope this helped

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