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

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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 ...
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Dimmer switch not turning on light until at 50%?

I recently had a professional electrician install a ceiling fan with a light fixture. The fan and light are controlled from a combo switch with two knobs - one is a dimmer switch for the light, and ...
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What is the best way to solve my unusual lighting and wiring challenge?

I moved into a home where the wiring is fairly modern (from the 1980s) but some unusual choices were made in the wiring. At some point, someone put in a lot of single pole switches that didn't work ...
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How do I handle an extra black wire when replacing dimmer switches?

I am replacing 2 light switches that are in the same box each controlling a separate light, one was a dimmer switch and the other was a regular so now I want to replace both with new dimmer switches. ...
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Can I dim LED lights when there are two different switches for the same fixture?

I would like to place dimmers in two different rooms that are sometimes a bit over lit. Is that possible when both areas have two switches for the recessed lighting? Do I need to replace both switches ...
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Newly installed ceiling fan, lights turn on and off on it's own - dimmer switch, breaker or light bulbs causing issue?

Help, I have a newly installed ceiling fan that is controlled by a remote control and the wall has a dimmer switch. (We had a smaller ceiling fan in place and replaced it with a larger fan to fit the ...
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Why are my dimmer switches malfunctioning?

I have two dimmer switches that have started malfunctioning. They are in the same box with two other standard switches. Each controls a set of three small flood lights. There is no other way to ...