I have a dimmer switch that I need to convert to a conventional on/off switch. I have checked this link for guidance already: How do I replace this dimmer switch to a conventional switch?
It seems like I will need a 3-way switch do replace this. I am having very hard time understanding the wiring and how to connect this to a 3-way switch.
This is what I have:
- Green from dimmer -> connected to 3 white wires in the outlet box
- One black -> connected to one black in the outlet box
- Other black -> connected to two black wires in the outlet box
I had an electrician convert a similar dimmer switch to a conventional on/off switch in the past and this is what he did.
Basically, in this he has done this:
- One black going to the bottom hole
- Second black going to the bottom screw
- Third black going to the top hole
- Nothing on the top screw
Can someone please help me make sense of this and help me with:
- Confirm the switch type I need
- The circuit and connections needed
Solution Pics (solution provided by Ed and Carl in the comments):
Wire Connection (I did not use the pigtail connection, in the lower screw with 2 wires together, although that is what everybody is recommending):
The good way is to use the hole at the back. Note this uses backstabs which is not recommended. Check the update after the pic for a better way.
Update (8th Sept 2019) - Better way: I followed Harper's suggestion to avoid backstabs as there are considered risky. I instead ended up using a Pigtail connection to connect the live wires as he recommended in the comments below.
I also added a copper wire to create a ground connection with the back of the electrical box. I could see copper wire connected to the screws in the back of the box. I added the copper wire for ground to these screws.
Below are the detailed steps on how I did the pigtail connection.
Pigtail connection Step 2: I connected the two live wires coming in with this new wire and twisted the three wires using a plier. Then I used a wire nut and twisted it on. Give a good tug and ensure that the wires don't come out of the wire nut and have a good grip inside.