For my current project I am attempting to install a single pole dimmer switch alongside a 3 pole dimmer switch. The single pole controls a set of sconces on the wall while the 3 controls the ceiling lights and travels to other things. I am not sure how to go about it though with so many cables in the box. In the photo below, you will see 5 cables in the box.

top of the box - (left) hot coming from breaker - (right) going to high hats in ceiling

bottom of the box (in no specific order because not certain) - go out to a switch which controls deck lights - laundry room switch controlling ceiling lights - garage ceiling lights -- i know these because these items do not work when wiring is undone and power turned on from breaker.

As you can see below too, I've gone ahead and made sure all ground connections were made.

let me know if any other information is necessary for proper guidance.

image 1 of wiring coming from box dimmers being used overall setup so far

  • Where is the cable to the sconce? Also, what do you mean by "3 pole dimmer switch", do you intend to control this light in two places? – Harper Jan 29 '18 at 0:15
  • Just a few questions: Why is there a piece of red tape on the power cable hot wire? Why is the power cable neutral wire not nutted in with all the other neutrals? What do you mean by the 3-pole "...travels to other things"? Where is the cable leading to the set of sconces on the wall? Why are you using a 3-pole dimmer? – A. I. Breveleri Jan 29 '18 at 0:20
  • @Harper Not sure about the cable to sconce – C. Sager Jan 29 '18 at 2:47
  • @A.I.Breveleri red tape is on the hot wire coming from breaker panel. should all the whites be nutted? 3 pole dimmer because i need the traveler from the wires on the bottom that go out to themisc things? – C. Sager Jan 29 '18 at 2:50
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    How was the 3-wire dimmer connected before you took everything apart? – A. I. Breveleri Jan 29 '18 at 3:03

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