Question about Solar 3 Almond Toggle Fingertip Touch Light Dimmer Switches
Mike - you need only flip the switch in the box so that the brighten pad is on the top, and dim pad on the bottom. That should solve the reverse acting dimmer. Next, this switch is capable of working as a "single pole" (or S1) or 3 way (or S3) switch. This also tells me the the toggle doesn't have the words ON and OFF on it. I suspect that you want the switch to function as an S1 type - meaning that the toggle should be UP for ON.
That means that the wiring needs to be changed. Since the switch you're describing has terminals - and those I see on the internet have wires instead, you may not have the type of switch in heading you chose. No big deal, but I'm going through this blind. One of the terminals should be different from the others (not including the green one). This is called the shunt (or common) terminal for three way operation. For your S1 configuration, it will be the input or power in terminal. The other two gold terminals are the "switched" terminals. You need to remove the wire from the gold terminal it is on now - and put it under the OTHER gold terminal. Wires will be on the dark or odd colored shunt terminal and one of the gold terminals - a different gold terminal than the one we started on.
Once you've done this, the light will be ON with the toggle switch is UP and will brighten when the top pad is touched, and dimmed when the bottom pad s touched. I also saw a disclaimer warning about the use of metal plates. You must use a plastic or other non-metal plate for the switch to work properly.
This info should solve your problem - good luck!
Posted on Nov 10, 2010
I'm not 100% on this because you left out some information... but I have a pretty strong gut feeling on this.
First of all, can I assume this is a 3-way device being used in a single-pole application? You mentioned two gold terminals on one side, but another screw on the other side (ignroing the ground because that's irrelevent) - is that screw a different color? You need to figure out which one is the "common" terminal and which two are the "traveller" terminals (the travellers are usually the same color as one another, and the common is usually a completely different color/metal). I assume that for the time being, you have one wire attached to the common, and one wire attached to one of the travellers.
Assuming all the above is correct, the answer is simple. The product is installed upside down, and the wrong traveller is being used. If you flip the product around (down is up, up is down), that will put the dimmer in the correct orientation, but now your light switch will be backwards. THEN, take the wire that's attached to the one traveller wire, and attach it to the OTHER traveller wire. This will flip the orientation of the actual switch.
That should do it.
Posted on Nov 10, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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