I have a bathroom that has two lights, both had dimmer switches. Next to the bathroom is a bedroom which is on the same circuit. So, for the sake of simplicity, let's say there are three lights:
Recently I noticed that the Vanity light was throwing out a lot of heat, and the face plate for the bathroom light switches was hot to the touch. So I replaced the Vanity light and thought that I would replace the dimmer switches (which I don't like anyway) with regular light switches. I flipped the circuit (which I do every time I work with electrical), removed the plate, and was greeted with a rather confusing setup. There are four separate wire bundles going into the box.
Here's a picture of the box:
Being the smart sorta guy that I am, I did not keep track of which wire went where on the old dimmer switches, but they struck me as odd in that they had two wires coming out of the back that were wire nutted onto various black/brown wires in the box, and all of the white wires are tied off in a single wire nut.
I started with regular old single pole light switches and have attempted various combinations of wiring, leaving the white/neutral wires bundled in the box, unconnected to the switches. Each combination has yielded one of the following results:
- Vanity light works, Shower does not, Bedroom does not.
- Shower works, Vanity does not, Bedroom does not.
- Bedroom works only when one of the bathroom switches is on, Vanity and Shower do not.
So my questions are: do I need 3-way switches here? And how in the world do I wire these things?