I have 4 switches on my switch board. One regular switch and three dimmer switches. I need to swap one of the dimmer switch with the regular switch

I have a dimmer switch which has three wires. one green (connected to copper wire) and two black wires. The regular switch has one red, one black and a copper wire. It would have been easy if it was a like to like wire setup but I have no idea how to replace it. Please help me.

Pictures can be found here : Pictures (first image is the dimmer switch, second picture is the regular switch. I need to swap them. If it's difficult to swap It's okay if I just convert the dimmer to a regular switch)

  • Can you post the pictures? Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 18:31
  • @ThreePhaseEel : Yes, Pls find the updated post Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 18:47

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Red's just another hot(-ish)

For the switch going to where the dimmer was:

  • Green wire to green screw
  • Each of the free black wires to a brass screw (the switch doesn't care)

For the dimmer going to where the switch was:

  • Bare wire to the green screw (the screw that was hooked to the green wire)
  • Black wire to one of the brass screws
  • Red wire to the other brass screw

If the dimmer doesn't like it, switch the black and red wires around -- this shouldn't be an issue for a regular dimmer though.

  • Thanks. So the switch will not have any red attached to it. It will just have the two black wires on each of the brass screws and a green one on the other side? Am I correct? Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 19:16
  • @Damien-Amen -- that sounds right, yes Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 19:23

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