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

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Why can't I connect a dimmer in line with an outdoor security light?

I have an outdoor security floodlight (with motion sensor and photocell) that I'd like to be able to dim. The user manual says to not connect it to a dimmer, but doesn't explain why. What is the ...
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Dimmer with ungrounded box

[Edit: It turns out that the problem that I have is not exactly as I originally described it. (See more at the bottom of the question.) I would withdraw the question, but, it's actually, I think, a ...
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How do I add a Leviton dimmer switch in this circuit?

I'm trying to add in a dimmer switch where I have two 3 way switches and one 4 way. I've included a schematic of what I have. How do I make this work? One difference is the 2 wire out of light to the ...
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Can my cabinet lights be operated with a dimmable switch?

The previous homeowner underwent a kitchen remodel and cabinet lighting was installed. I did a “Google” search for what I think is the model number listed on the back side of the unit but came up ...
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What would you do to quickly troubleshoot a j-type fixture that burns out bulbs every few days?

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DUPXJLI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 - bulb example Fixture is just a single overhead ceiling light with plenty of air flow and cover. I ...
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How should I go about connecting a switch's ground wire to this apparent grouping of ground wires?

We have an old dimmer switch in a two-switch box (next to a regular light bulb) (in California). The old dimmer switch's button no longer works right, so we wanted to replace it with a new one. We got ...
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Convert 2 gang no neutral light switch into 1 gang to power a smart-switch that requires neutral. Possible? UK

This is probably not possible and instead just highlights my basic lack of understanding, but thought it was worth asking! If it is possible I would get a qualified electrician to do it. I'd like to ...
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Why do led/incandescent combo dimmers specify lower led wattage?

When looking at combo dimmers most of them are rated for 600 when using incandescent, but only 150 when using leds. Surely the switch should be able to shed the same amount of heat regardless of what ...
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Replacing a dimmer with an ELV (electronic low voltage) dimmer

I can not figure what wires in my box should go to the yellow load. All wires except the double red to the black on the current switch are ringing hot (with current). Also the green ground was not ...
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Removing metal tabs on Lutron dimmer switch in ganged box

We have a two device switch box with a light switch (large switch style) and a dimmer switch. The dimmer switch stopped working, and so I plan to install a new Lutron dimmer switch instead. I haven't ...
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One LED bulb in chandelier turns off after two seconds

I have a chandelier with 5 bulbs that is hooked to a dimmer. We switched the bulbs out to LED and when we turn on the light, after a couple seconds, one of the bulbs will turn off. It's not always the ...
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Can a dimmer switch be on the same circuit with outlets?

Can a dimmer switch be on the same circuit as outlets (with some of those being GFCI)? I've seen questions where the outlet was wired on the load side of the dimmer switch, but is this the same if the ...
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Can I connect the neutral wire ends via a single switch terminal (without a pigtail)?

I installed a smart dimmer switch that requires a neutral wire. It was in the junction box with the two ends wire-capped together. My switch didn't come with pigtail wires and I didn't have any extra ...
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Replacing a on/off switch with dimmer

I currently have the following switch in my dinning room. I would like to replace it with a dimmer. This is how it was configured originally. When I tried to replace the original with the dimmer it ...
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Still looking for a 3-way dimmer switch that matches my existing light switches

OK, we'll try this again. I scrubbed the question of any specific company or style names; I only included those because I was trying to be specific about my existing electrical system. I did think I ...
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Dimmer Switch Not Switching Sometimes

So I have a 2 gang box (old, metal) that has 2 new 3-way LED dimmers (the style with the paddle switch). The dimmers together are a very tight fit in the box, but they did fit mostly nicely after I ...
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Smart dimmer: neutral, ground and copper wire capped together

I called an electrician today to help me install some smart dimmers in my home. For one of the dimmers, he tied up the neutral and ground wires from the dimmer to the copper ground wire in the wall. ...
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Installing motion lights on a fixture with a dimmer switch

I'm replacing an old led light fixture that is on a dimmer knob. The new light fixture is also LED but motion activated. The instruction manual says do not install on dimmer circuit. Basically I want ...
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Want to install Lutron Occupancy Sensor, but confused on current switch wiring

This is the original wiring, once I saw it I decided to not touch it. I don't know enough about this to make guesses. I know the bare/green from new switch would wirenut tie to the existing bare, but ...
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Replacing older Leviton dimmer with new Lutron different wiring

I'm trying to replace some older (late-1980s?) Leviton incandescent-only dimmers with new Lutron LED-compatible ones. There are three of them in a 4-gang box (the 4th switch seen in the pics is on a ...
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Eaton 3 way dimmer switch [duplicate]

Replacing an old 3 way switch with a new dimmer 3 way switch. The old switch had 2 traveler wires connected to it (black and red), the ground wire, and the 'hot' wire. I also noticed 2 neutral wires (...
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What are my dimmer options in this switch configuration?

I have a setup in my basement where there is a 4-way switch setup, but none of it is run using 3-wire. I've seen the term "California 3-way", so that might apply. There are 3 switches ...
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Installing a dimmer switch

I'm replacing a regular light switch with a new dimmer switch. When I pulled out the switch, there was a red and black wire that were slotted into the top of the switch, and then a thicker black wire ...
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What kind of dimmer switch do I have?

Moved into a new place recently and I don't know what kind of dimmer I have. The dimmer switch: (the whole thing is on/off and then there's an up button and down button; the blue led presumably ...
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What kind of dimmer switch and ceiling fan are needed to correctly wire and control a ceiling fan?

I’ve read a lot about how people incorrectly install ceiling fans and control them by dimmers. As a result I want to do it right, but nowhere can I find concrete directions on what I need to do. What ...
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Dimmer stopped working

I had left the dimmer switch for my bedroom light off for a couple days but today I decided to turn it on. The light came up but dimming it caused it to go out. The dimmer then stopped working period (...
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Newly installed dimmer switch doesn't power off

My bathroom has a double switch plate: one for a fan and one for the light. I've replaced the light switch with a dimmer (Lutron Maestro Model# MACL-153M.) And I've also replaced the incandesent ...
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Four way switch wiring

I'm replacing the dimmer for my chandelier with a switch. It's a split-foyer home so I have a switch at the bottom of the stairs, the foyer, and the top of the stairs. I know it's a four way switch ...
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Connect Single 3-way Light in 3-gang Box (Lutron Caseta)

I have a 3-gang box with the following 4 cables that I need to wire up 2 indoor lights and remove 1 outdoor light from the circuit. (I plan to connect the outdoor light up to a different breaker ...
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Need help replacing a dimmer switch

I’m trying to replace a dimmer switch with a regular switch. The dimmer controlled a light which was replaced with a ceiling fan. I have another dimmer switch in the same panel which I want to retain. ...
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want to replace my old 3 way light switch

I bought slide dimmer FEIT and want to replace my old stairs basement light switch, however I am not getting how the current wiring is done I am attaching the current diagram ( I am bad in diagrams ) ...
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Dimmer - 120V in, 70V out, normal?

I’m redoing a room in my house and I’m replacing a normal switch with a dimmer. I read 120V from hot to ground from the source, and 70V out from the dimmer (Leviton, LED/incandescent compatible). The ...
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Why is my new Legrand Radiant smart dimmer switch not dimming?

I need help figuring out why my new smart dimmer switch’s dimming function is not working. I followed the installation instructions from the manual exactly. I am replacing a regular light switch with ...
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Is this dimmer compatible with four 15W LEDs lights?

I want to install a dimmer and I don't know much about the technology involved. From what I gathered, with LEDs they must be compatible. I did not find any such information from company, but got its ...
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A regular switch+dimmer switch combo for several lights

Thanks to recent advances in technology, screwing in a light bulb is a talent I no longer posses. Consider this set up in the first picture. Those are ordinary switches at location 1,2,3,4. Switch 2 ...
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Options for a 0-10V dimmer on a 3-way, in a basement

I'm putting utility lights in a basement (3-way SW). After running all the wire and switches I picked up the only lights that my electrical supply house carried, RAB LED utility lights. Not cheap, ...
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Two black wires connected into a single black wire in light switch box

I pulled out a one-way dimmer light switch in a bedroom in order to replace with another dimmer switch. Within the switch box, there were two black wires connected together, with another single black ...
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Dimming led ceiling fan with remote and dual switch wiring

I currently have a similar setup for my Stile Anderson 22 in. LED Indoor/Outdoor Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan with Remote Control. Black wire controls the fan, while the blue controls the light kit on ...
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How can I dim LED recessed lights that are on the same switch as two ceiling fans without slowing the fans down?

I have 6 LED Dimmable recessed lights on the same switch as two ceiling fans. There are currently two three way switches that control everything. I want to be able to dim the LED lights without ...
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The existing switch box is too narrow for my switch

I am replacing a dimmer with an LED compatible dimmer. I have two problems. 1) I can't find an LED dimmer narrow enough. The Lutron dimmer that I bought is 1 3/4" wide. The box is a little less than ...
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How to wire ceiling fan/light to two switches

I have a black/white/copper cable coming from my box along with a single white cable. I have installed my fan with the receiver for the remote and it is working as long as the previously existing wall ...
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4 wire switch with 3 wires in wall

Please help. I am not sure what my electrician did when wiring my new office. Here is a picture of my problem. So, I have 4 of these switches. Each switch has 4 wires coming out of the back. Neutral,...
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TWO ORIGINAL SWITCHES - ONE three-way and one single cant figure out wiring for SAFE UPGRADE

(I'll attach photos and a diagram) I read through other posts on switch upgrades and learned a lot - thank you! My switch upgrade seems similar, but slightly unique and I can't figure out correct ...
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Dimmer causing light flickers

I have two of the fixtures in the photograph mounted above a double vanity. I installed a dimmer switch since the six bulbs are way too bright no matter what time of day. Dimmer switch dims fine but ...
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Single 14/3 wire for 2 independent switches

I have 2 switches in the same box and each switch controls a single light independently. I want to replace each switch with a dimmer. Each dimmer will control 4 LEDs. However, the only available wire ...
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Led, light replacement to ABB 1062UC-84 dimmer switch?

I am trying to find a part to the switch ABB 1062UC-84. Unfortunately, ABB does not seem to have stocks for them. What is the preferred way to replace burnout switch with dimmer light when they burn ...
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How to reduce brightness of LED spotlight permanently without dimmer?

Some of my LED GU10s (dimmable) produce too much of light and I'd like to reduce it. I'd like to use on/off switch on those GU10s with permanently reduced light. How it could be done and what kind of ...
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How do I correctly wire a new light/switch from an outlet?

I’m installing an LED strip and would like to run a switch from the existing outlet. I’ve made a diagram that I believe is correct. Anything I’m missing?
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Miswired 3-Way Dimmer - Contractor used 14/2 in Traveler. How bad is it?

We just had our kitchen remodeled and the contractor moved one dimmer switch in a 3-way circuit. Today, when I went to take a look at the moved outlet, I saw a few things that set off some alarms: ...
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One of the double dimmer is still on

I have changed dimmer switch in our lounge, it’s double switch, one of them is working normally, but the other one is still on and can’t switch it off or lower the light. There is more light on this ...

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