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

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Can a 12 gauge wire be clamped onto a light switch using the side screw?

I was simply replacing a existing dimmer switch for my kitchen lights with a newly bought Feit electric smart 3 way dimmer switch. After studying, I have located where the dimmer switch should be ...
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Ceiling fan light powered by two 3-way switches, but also by fan's single pole switch. Is it safe to replace the 3-way switch with a smart dimmer?

I have a very weird setup for my living room, and at first I didn't actually realize what was happening until I started looking into replacing a 3-way switch with a 3-way smart dimmer (Leviton DZ6HD ...
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I'm trying to install a smart switch into a two-gang box. There are three neutral wires tied together, do I just add a fourth one from the switch?

I have a two-gang box where one of the switches is a single-pole switch, and the other one is a 3-way switch. I'm trying to replace the single-pole switch with a smart dimmer, the instructions don't ...
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Puzzled by breaker trip

Installing a Wemo (switch 1) to replace a 2-pole switch that controls a single outdoor light, which is on the same breaker as the other switch and dimmer in this box. I made connections as illustrated ...
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My Light switch and outlets in a different location and light switches no longer work after replacing a dimmer switch?

I replaced a dimmer switch bc it was buzzing at the switch. I got the new dimmer switch to work but I no longer have power to my outlets and other light switches in the same circuit. Some background ...
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Why is my light switch wired like this?

I am in the UK (240v system). I have a two gang light switch in my new house. Each switch controls a separate light, and it is the only switch which controls each light (one way switches). I want to ...
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Deta Single gang dimmer smart switch

Just planning on replacing my current single switches with a smart switch. Before calling a sparky, I would like to understand what would be done to not be overcharged. Is it a matter of connecting ...
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Lutron Fan/Light Dimmer switch Install

I am trying to install a Lutron Maestro Fan/Light dimmer, but I’m not sure what to do with the ground wire on the switch. The old fan/light dimmer switch does not have a ground wire. The switch box ...
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LED Dimmer turns the light off

I've had new LED downlights installed with dimmers by an electrician. They're mostly fine and they were the recommended dimmers for the LED lights from the shop that I purchased it from. The issue is ...
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Help with wiring smart dimmer where 4 switches control ceiling lights

I currently have 4 traditional switches (1 dimmer, 3 remote) control ceiling lights in a hallway, using  A - D to represent junction boxes as follows: A: 3 way switch A -> B: 3 wire romex B: 4 way ...
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how do I wire this dimmer switch? it expects two blacks but there's one white and one black [duplicate]

I have an existing standard light switch that controls a single two-plug outlet. I would like to replace the switch with a dimmer switch. The dimmer instructions expect two black wires and two white ...
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Problem with new dimmer. Starts to dim after 90 degrees. How to fix?

I installed a new dimmer (Nordlux SD600) in my hallway because the old one was broken. Here's the documentation, its not much there, i.e there seems to be no screws or anything to configure the dimmer....
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Does EGANT B328 dimmer switch support LED?

The appartment I bought some years ago allready has a dimmer switch on the wall. Problem is the ceiling light use halogen. They don't sell the same halogen bulbs anymore so I removed it and bought a ...
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How to wire occupancy sensor with dimmer

I am remodeling bathroom. The code now requires occupancy switch on all lights there but I also need to have a dimmer on main lights (LED). What is the simplest way to combine those two? I can't find ...
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"Wrong" wiring for three-way switch

I tried installing a smart dimmer switch and add-on into a two-way switch configuration, but after a few hours of messing around I think that the circuit isn't wired properly for a smart switch. Right ...
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New home owner need help installing dimmer switch [closed]

Trying to install a dimmer switch in our living room. There are 4 lights connected to two switches. We want to replace one of the switches with a dimmer. Turned off power and wired it up last night. ...
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What could be causing changes to a smart bulb to affect a regular bulb on the same circuit?

We have a Lutron Caseta dimmer switch which controls a set of four downlights. I tried replacing the bulbs with Hue downlights (knowing full well that these wouldn't play well with the dimmer, except ...
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3-way dimmer switch conundrum

I just one replaced a Leviton 3-way switch w a 3-way dimmer. Now, however, the light only goes in when both switches are "up". I experimented w swapping the 2 traveller wires at their ...
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Minka Concept II Use With 3-Party Wall Dimmer

I have an older Minka Concept II 44" ceiling fan along with a newer one. The older one is the type that uses a standard screw-in light which currently has an LED bulb. The only label with a model ...
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Switch wiring - strange multimeter readings

I'm about to replace a dimmer switch in my house (UK - Single Phase) and every wire in the backbox is red, while I've tested and identified each (live in, live out, neutral in, neutral out, neutral to ...
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Eaton CHFN120A1CS breaker status LED shows 'uncommon issue' and stays lit all the time

At home I installed a CHFN120A1CS on a circuit with a single overhead LED shop lamp with a 0-10volt type dimmer switch controlling it (Leviton ip710), nothing else. Single run of 12-2 from the panel ...
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Replacing a single pole switch that has an extra backstab cable, with a dimmer switch

Im trying to change my light switch to a dimmer switch. However the wirings isnt what I had expected. There is an extra backstab wire aside from the hot and netural wire, there also no ground wire ...
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Dimmer switch on fan/light combo

I have 3 light/fan combos on the patio that look like the image. Each light/fan combo has a light and fan pull chain. They work exactly as you'd expect. All 3 light/fan combos power off a single light ...
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Is it possible to get my existing dimmer switch to dim lights further?

I have just replaced lower watt LED ceiling lights with new, higher wattage LED ones. I have discovered that I'm using a Lutron TG600P toggle with sliding dimmer that is meant for incandescent bulbs. ...
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Replacing ceiling fan/light combo with LED light only

Replacing an old ugly ceiling fan/light combo with LED light. Two issues. Three wires come out of the ceiling - Red, Black, & White. LED light has only Black and white. Tried capping red white ...
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Is phantom voltage controlling my Lonsonho Tuya Zigbee dimmer?

I just finished installing my new Zigbee dimmer switch that also has the ability to be controlled with a press button which is powered by the power line. The idea was to connect three such buttons in ...
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Plug In Dimmer on Circuit with Two Wall Dimmers Malfunctions

I have a 15 amp breaker that controls: Three bathroom incandescent vanity lights that have a wall dimmer, Four incandescent can lights on my lanai that are controlled by four-way switches, one of ...
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Electrician connected LED dimmer to halogen bulbs, worried about safety

An electrician replaced a rotary dimmer with another one that is rated for LED GU10 bulbs. The six existing halogen bulbs connected to the dimmer weren't replaced however. The electrician said that ...
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What to do with ground wire in a double gang dimmer switch

I am replacing 1 of the 2 dimmer switches in a double gang box. I'm replacing the right switch in the picture. The new dimmer switch (Lutron smart switch) has 3 wires, which includes the ground wire. ...
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Dimmed LEDs flickering: is it the bulbs' or the dimmer's fault?

I have this dimmer https://www.amazon.es/iolloi-interruptor-regulador-encendido-incandescente/dp/B0894KNN65 feeding two of these lightbulbs: https://www.efectoled.com/es/comprar-bombillas-led-e27-...
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Do LED lights require a special dimmer switch?

I have 9 canister lights in my kitchen that I've replaced with "replacement LEDs." The lights are on a 2-way switch, one of which is a dimmer. Things were good for about 2 years, but now ...
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Max watt on LED dimmer

I have 16 9w (144w total) LED on one switch. Is it ok to change that switch to a 150w max LED dimmer or should I go to a higher 300w LED dimmer?
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How should I wire island pendant fixtures with this setup

I am planning to install 2 kitchen island dimmable pendant lights. I am at a new construction, there were no light fixtures installed and so it only came prewired. Both the fixtures are controlled by ...
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Techniques to wrap the innards of electrical switches and outlets with electrical tape?

In the comments section of this question, MacGuyver's distant cousin MacGuffin recommended wrapping the innards of electrical switches and outlets with electrical tape to avoid any accidental shorts. ...
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Why are ground wires sometimes not insulated?

I recently replaced a single AC dimmer light switch that was one of two light switches in a larger box. The ground wire leading to the switch was raw copper without any insulation. After replacing ...
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No clue what happening with this dimmer connection

Do you know what is happening in this electric box? A red, white, and blue wire come in, and a red and white go to the receptacle. The red and white complete a circuit and the blue and white complete ...
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Light switch dimmer

I am replacing a old turn knob dimmer with a new dimmer. The new dimmer has 4 wires, a red, a white, a black and a green. My old one is wired up with two red wires and a black wire, in the junction ...
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Can I use this smart dimmer switch with these wires?

Kasa Smart Dimmer Switch http://imgur.com/a/HW0aEcf I have been able to hook it up so that the switch itself will turn on and connect with my phone, but I just can't get the light to turn on with this ...
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Help: Replacing a Leviton Dimmable switch with a Regular Switch

I'm a newbie when it comes to installing light switches. My staircase light would randomly turn on in the middle of the night and it has 3 dimmable Leviton light switches that control the staircase ...
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After replacing incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs, why am I getting flickering from some of them, but not all, on dimmer switches

I've replaced a bunch of light bulbs with LED bulbs (specifically, these: https://www.homedepot.com/p/EcoSmart-75-Watt-Equivalent-BR20-Dimmable-Energy-Star-LED-Light-Bulb-Bright-White-3-Pack-...
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I can't get this Smart Dimmer to work

GE Zigbee Smart Dimmer I can't get it to turn on I have tried 2 different ones and neither will turn on The only way we can get them to turn on is by putting both wires in the same hole, but then it ...
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Chandelier with 6 bulbs does not work on dimmer switch after bulb has been replaced

A halogen bulb blew and I replaced it with the dimmer switch on and all 6 bulbs work and can be dimmed.When I switch it off and then back on none of the bulbs light.If I take out the bulb I replaced ...
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Light switch outlet questions

I am trying to replace a old dimmer that stopped working and when I took off the light switch I could not back trace my work. The light switch it use to have was a dimmer. I am trying to connect ...
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Will a dimmable LED allow me to shine a light similar in intensity to a candleflame?

I've become rather attached to the dimmable lights in my home, but I'm thinking about upgrading with dimmable LED bulbs as the incandescent ones are becoming less available. I know that it will be a ...
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Does light fixture itself impact dimmer compatibility or the bulbs?

I have read numerous dimmer switch instructions say compatible with led lights and then also led bulbs saying dimmable. So my question is do only the bulb and switch need to be compatible or does the ...
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Gosund dimmer connects but light fixture not being powered

I installed a Gosund dimmer today and while the connections seem to be correct, the lights are not being powered on, so power to the fixture is not occurring. The dimmer turns on and connects to the ...
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Three way switch with dimmer control

First, disclaimer: Not an electrician. I'm doing a bit of home wiring, and wanted to make sure my setup for a 3 way switch w/ dimmers works. If anyone sees problems, has complaints, knows a more ...
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LED light dimming problem

I have problem with my recessed LED lights. I am using retrofit LED lights which is connected with can housing via TP24 connector. I have configured dimmer switch so that when I slide dimmer all the ...
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Replaced a dimmer switch but the dimmer doesn't work

I replaced a broken dimmer switch where the dimming happened by positioning the switch in various places to one that has a small lever next to the switch. I turned the power back on and the light ...
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Can a dimmer switch be used in this circuit?

An existing circuit in a bath (in TX) has the following diagram. Can the 3-way light switch be replaced by a dimmer switch (without changing the wiring)? Does the other 3-way switch need replacement ...

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