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3 way dimmer in a single switch ap

Just bought this dimmer and now I notice that it is for a 3 way application. Can this dimmer be used as a single position dimmer switch?

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  • czeiler May 02, 2010

    According to the instructions, the GE 18023 3-way dimmer can also be used as a single pole dimmer. There is a red tag on one red wire with instructions not to use when the dimmer is used in a single pole application.

  • czeiler May 02, 2010

    The instructions state that if the GE 18023 3-way dimmer can be used in a single pole application, simply do not use the red wire that has a red tag attached.

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Sometimes it can sometimes it can't. They make dimmers designed for both. If it is not designed for both it can only be used in a 3 way application.

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