Planning, installing and troubleshooting circuits using electrical dimmer switches for controlling the brightness of lighting.

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How do wire this 2-gang dimmer switch?

I'm trying to fit a dimmer switch in my living room. I have two pendent lights controlled by a single wall socket with two switches one for each light. My property is a new build and in the UK. So ...
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Lutron Maestro CL Extreme Delay

I've had nothing but success with using Maestro dimmers on both LED and incandescent lighting for years, but recently picked up a new dimmer (MACL-153M-WH) and a pair of G7 Elko LEDs (30W total) and ...
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Dimmer switch gets very warm - almost hot

I recently had a Z-wave dimmer switch installed. It is working fine and controls the recessed lighting in my family room. The lights are six 65-watt BR40 bulbs. When the cover was off the switch (we ...
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Can I put dimmable LED bulbs in a ceiling fan fixture and wire it to a dimmer switch marked LED compatible?

Would there be any problems with putting dimmable LED bulbs into a ceiling fan fixture that holds three bulbs and wiring it to a dimmer switch marked LED compatible? The fan itself will be on just the ...
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Floodlight randomly, dimly lights even when lightswitch is off

This problem baffles me completely. In one of our bedrooms, we have two floodlights connected to a one-way Z-wave dimmer switch. Both floodlights are Cree BR30s. When the light switch is off, one ...
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Is this a compliant way to control three circuits with two switches?

I'm planning to replace two dimmer switches -- but I found the following clever wiring when opening up the junction box. Three circuits where the neutral lines are spliced together, one live line ...
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Can I replace this switch with a dimmer?

I recently moved into a new rental. It is older construction but was completely remodeled. I did some some older wiring in the basement but the functional wiring seems to be new and modern ...
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Turn Lights On/Off Without Having to Hit 3 Switches in One Room

I just moved into a new place and I'm having an interesting lighting problem in one of my rooms. I've looked at a few things on the internet, but my lack of experience in this matter makes me feel ...
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How do I take split receptacles off of a SPDT circuit & insert lighting?

In my den, I have two SPDT switches -- mostly split receptacle outlets. Can I take the receptacles off the switch, keep the switch circuit intact by wiring it together in the back of the receptacle ...
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Grouding on a incandescent 120 V dimmer

The light dimmer of my chandelier broke recently so I went buy a new one (incandescent 120 V 600W). The one that broke was fairly old (sticker on the dimmer mentions 1987). Since I'm pretty novice ...
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Install Dimmer Switch in Old House

My house is circa 1910 and I dont really know how old the wiring is in it. I am trying to swap a 3 way light switch with a 3 way dimmer (Lutron CL Dimmer). I killed the power and pulled the switch ...
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Repairing dimmer switch

I have an IKEA lamp with dimmer switch which took a knock and immediately started outputting full brightness. I've read a little about how dimmer switches work and that this is likely caused by the ...
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How can I control two ceiling fans and lights with one single pole switch?

I have two ceiling fans with two aftermarket light kits installed, all controlled from one single pole switch. So when switch is flipped, both fans and lights turn on or off at the same time. Only way ...
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Installing a dimmer to control multiple lights

I recently asked a question about installing a dimmer and got a great reply. Now I want to install another dimmer, but this one might be tricky. In our hallway there are three lights that are all ...
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Is my CL dimmer compatible with my light switch fixture?

Bought a Lutron CL dimmer after googling around and seeing how easy it is to install a dimmer, but when I got home and took a look at my light switch I'm not sure its compatible? The dimmer has 4 ...
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Why are my LED bulbs flashing?

I recently replaced all eight bulbs on my chandeleir with dimmable led light bulbs. They work fine when on, but at approximately half power (dimmer turned half way through), the bulbs start flashing ...
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Why do LED lights with a dimmer stay dim and won't go bright again?

I have a chandelier with five lamps. I brought an LED compatible dimmer and changed out the switch for the dimmer. I brought five dimable LED bulbs. The bulbs and dimmer worked for a little while, but ...
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How should I attach the grounding conductor for a replacement switch?

I'm attempting to replace an old Leviton light switch with a new Lutron dimmer switch that connects to our house's Wink system. The old switch had 3 black wires attached to the light switch and no ...
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What should I do to increase the dimming range of LED bulbs?

We started doing most of our homes in LED last year. I am a big dimmer fan and would pretty much put a dimmer on any light switch. One thing that I haven't gotten down is the dimming range of the ...
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Is it OK to leave a dimmer switch on low constantly (LED light)

I have a new LED ceiling light in our hall, and installed a compatible dimmer switch (both Leviton). The dimmer has a slider plus a switch, and when the switch is on, but the slider is all the way ...
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Replace “powered” dimmer switch for old (1950s) house

We have an old dimmer switch, single pole, the type with an indicator light internally. It has two black wires, and the green wire is cut off. The plastic box it's connected to has only two wires, ...
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Why won't my Levitron Z-Wave dimmer switch turn the lights off?

Recently purchased and installed a Z-Wave Dimmer switch which seemed to be an easy installation. However, the only way I can get the light to turn off is to enable the air gap on the switch. If the ...
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Fan plus light/dimmer switch problem?

Have a Lutron Dimmer Switch combo in a rental. It has a dimmer light button the top and a timer on the bottom for bathroom fan. This went out today and troubleshooting it didn't make sense. We ...
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Why does one of two lights stay on when they share a neutral?

I have one source of power (1 hot wire) for 2 loads (living room lights and breakfast nook lights) I am replacing the dimmers with Insteon dimmers. The previous switches didn't use the neutrals, but ...
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Can a light with a built in motion sensor, be used with dimmer switch?

My front lights are bright and have built in motion sensors. I would like the capability to dim these lights. So my question is, can I use a dimmer switch on these lights (with built in motion ...
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Dimmer switch does not work

We just replaced our three-way dimmer switch because it wasn't working. The replacement doesn't work either. We've had this for 2-3 years. The bulbs are not burned out. They are the same ones we ...
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Can I safely run 595 watts of lights with a 600 watt dimmer switch?

I have 7 85-watt lights (a total of 595 watts) that I want to control using a 600-watt dimmer switch. Is that too close to be safe? What if I remove one of the lights?
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How can I wire an Insteon switch in this situation?

I've been installing Insteon switches around the house, and I've run into a bit of an issue. In our bedroom, we have a switch that controls the fan lights and recessed lights as well as single ...
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Replace a dimmer switch with a regular light switch

I removed a dimmer switch controlling 5 canister lights in my kitchen, and saw three black wires coming out of the wall box. Two of the black wires were connected to one of two black wires on the ...
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Downgrading from a dimmer to a switch

I've seen posts about going from a switch to a dimmer, but not the other way around. I originally thought I could read those and do the opposite, but it seems that there are many ways houses can be ...
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What type of bulbs dim to lowest setting?

I've got a Lutron "Plug-in lamp dimmer", Model PD-3PCL-WH, and tried several LED bulbs with it. They all said "fully dimmable" on the packaging. It works, however seems like at most it dims to about ...
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Newly installed 4" halo can lights have a slight odor when on

I just installed 6 new 4" halo can lights. When they are on I can smell a slight odor coming from them in the attic. Is this normal? I felt the light housing in the attic and is just warm. I also felt ...
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Which wires go where in this non-standard GET dimmer switch?

I am replacing some touch sensitive dimmers - where the touch doesn't work half the time - with another unit made my GET, I think. The manufacturer has decided on making up their own naming and ...
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Why would changing ceiling fan speed cause an AFCI breaker to trip?

I recently installed 2 ceiling fans with Lutron combination light and fan dimmer switches. On both circuits, if more than a half second or so is taken when selecting the fan speed (that is, a delay ...
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Why would a dimmer start buzzing when some lights are broken?

I have a dimmer that controls a 3-light fixture (filled with 35W halogen incandescents). When the second light went dark (I procrastinated with replacing the first) the last one starts flickering, ...
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What can I do if I need another gang in a junction box but there isn't space in the wall?

I have a dual gang junction box installed in a space between 2 studs in the wall. I want to add swap the box for a 3-gang box to add another switch for a ceiling fan, however when I took the cover ...
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How do I stop a dimmer switch from humming?

I installed a dimmer switch in my washroom and it's making a buzzing noise. The more I increase resistance/rotate the dimmer clockwise, the louder it gets. The humming seems to be coming from the ...
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Can I replace Halogen fixtures with these LED fixtures?

I just moved into a new apartment, in the bathroom there are 6 lights in the ceiling and a dimmable switch next to the door. I want to change the bulbs to LEDs, but these damn halogen bulbs are ...
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Why does my combination of 3-way switches with dimmer AND timer not work?

I have had two three-way switches controlling a chandelier, one of the switches being a digital timer. When I tried to swap out the "non-timer" 3-way (standard) with a 3-way dimmer, the configuration ...
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How do I wire up a 4-wire dimmer switch when I only have two 2 wires from the wall?

I'm replacing (yet again) my bathroom dimmer switch. The old switch had 3 wires: 2 black and one green. The two black wires were attached to the wires coming out of the wall and the green wire was ...
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Are these three-way switches?

I have 2 bedrooms and I want to replace the light switch for a dimmer. I though it would an easy job for a beginner like me but after I opened the first switch, I realized there was a 3 wires (I was ...
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Dimmer switch issue

I have two ceiling lights in my lounge which are controlled together by the same switch. I currently have a dimmer switch and a dimmable LED bulb in each fitting. They work fine although when i switch ...
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Why is there a one second delay before the lights turn on with this new dimmer switch?

I just installed a new dimmer switch (Lutron Skylark (SCL-153PH-WH)) in my dining room. The previous switch was a single pole dimmer switch that would turn on the lights on immediately when switched ...
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new standard for LED lights and dimmers

I am about to redo the lighting in my kitchen and stumbled upon a new standard called Ledotron developed by Osram and and a handful other large companies. According to the website it has a number of ...
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4 way switch with only two switches

I just bought a 3-way dimmer switch for the kitchen. There are only two switches that switch the overhead lights. I went to take off one of them to install the dimmer and the switch had 5 wires (2 ...
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How can I dim landscape lights permanently?

I googled this question before posting here - I cant seem to find anyone with my exact needs, so I am asking here. I have a light switch connected to an outlet that is under my house. From here I ...
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Can I use a dimmer on a fan IF I only use at 100%?

I have an IRIS home automation system. I want to put my fan on an IRIS switch however the on/off switches require a neutral - the dimmers do not. The neutral in the box is nearly impossible to get ...
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12V DC LED Dimmer

I would like to fit dimmable LED lights in my new bathroom Most solutions seem to involve a dimmer switch that chops a high-voltage AC supply, and a driver per light (often integrated into the bulb) ...
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Could I safely use a dimmer switch on an air filter fan?

I bought a small HEPA air filter fan that was advertised as being a quiet model. But it's not quiet enough for me. I bought another "quiet" fan, but the new one is also too loud for my liking. Could ...
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Do TRIAC dimmers “wear out”?

I have a 3-bulb fixture on a 3yo dimmer. It seems -- and this is really impossible to prove -- that the buzzing/singing of the dimmed bulbs has gotten worse over time. It doesn't really make sense ...