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One of the MA-R dimmers dims when you press for it to go up and brightens when you press to dim. The main maestro dimmer works fine, as does the other MA-R on the same circut?

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Do you have the switch upside down?

Posted on Aug 11, 2010

  • pajmail Aug 11, 2010

    Come on ... seriously???? Of course not.

    I figured it out. On the 4 way switch the common wires that go on the same screw were reversed with the other two wires. so everything turned on and off at all locations fine and still dim and rise, but on the 4 way the dimming was reversed. All works correctlt now that I switched the two pairs of wires on the 4 way.

  • spacerook Aug 11, 2010

    good job, just had to do a sanity check first.

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