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Questions tagged [dimmer-switch]

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

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LED bulbs in chandelier periodically all blink at once [duplicate]

Edit for clarity- The bulbs are not flickering or flashing. They periodically (> 10 minute intervals) turn off and then on in unison. I have a chandelier with 5 bulbs. I recently replaced all 5 60w ...
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Help with wiring new dimmer switches

I recently moved into a new house and am trying to replace a couple of dimmer switches but it's proving more complicated than I'd expected. I have a fairly long living room which is sort of divided ...
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3-Way dimmer switch, dimming both locations?

So I have two 3-Way dimmer switches. I am able to switching the lights on or off from each location, but I can only dim from one of the switches. Did I do something wrong, or is it only possible to ...
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Can I install lower-rated fixture sockets to meet the rated current threshold for dimmer switches?

Our room currently has 53 18W bulbs, and 18 11W Bulbs (we recently transitioned down from 75W bulbs, to LED equivalents). We are looking to put the room on a dimmer system, but some concerns have ...
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Non dimmable switch where dimmer switch previously was?

I just found that the dimmable switch to my dining room overhead light had stopped working. I currently have 4 dimmable led bulbs in the overhead light. When the light switch (and the overhead light) ...
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Switch has two red wires

I am trying to replace a wall switch with a dimmable TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch but when I got into the double gang box there were two reds, white and ground connected to the switch and all the ...
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Is it okay for an electrical switch to get warm?

I installed a FEIT Electric dimmer switch on a circuit that controls 2 overhead lights. I noticed that, even when not using the dimmer, the toggle portion of the switch is warm to the touch. Is this ...
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Help with Wire Nut sizes [closed]

I need two sizes of wire nuts but I can't find anything that specify the work/wire load that I need. Plus I wanna swap out my backstab/push in connectors with Wire nuts cause people saying it's not ...
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Lamp and dimmer installation

I'm currently installing a HALO LED SLD405930WHR (EATON) i bought the Lutron CL dimmer SCL153PRWH which is compatible according to EATON website. The HALO LED has 2 cables white and black, the jbox ...
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What would cause all my dimmers to dim less?

I have 4 different rooms with dimmers. Something changed that makes them not dim enough. If it were one room I'd guess a switch problem. If they were all LED's I might think it was the switch or the ...
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Two lights on a 3-Way Circuit with Separate Dimmers

The Background: I have one room that's both Kitchen and Dining. There are two lights, one for the dining room table, and the other is for the stove / sink area. What I'd like to do is: Be able to ...
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Incorrect voltage at light sockets

Light bulbs on our kitchen lighting circuit need frequent replacing (lasting only a few months.) All other circuits in the house behave normally. There are three switch legs on this circuit: 6 ...
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Adding Recessed Lighting to room with ceiling fan and a 4 way switch?

I am installing recessed lighting. There is currently a ceiling fan with a light already installed on the ceiling I am installing the lights. 3 switches all control power to the ceiling fan. My goal ...
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Leviton Dimmer Switch Model DW1KD

I am installing a new Leviton Dimmer Switch (model number DW1KD) to replace a normal wall switch. My electrical to the existing switch has only two black wires (I do know which is hot), and a ground ...
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Is my plan for a new bathroom lighting and fan circuit code-compliant?

I am adding a new lighting circuit to my bathroom remodel and wanted to get some feedback on my planned wiring layout. This circuit is in addition to a pre-existing dedicated 20A circuit for the ...
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Electrical: Wiring a dimmer switch in a circuit with fixture, outlet, another switch powering 2 other fixtures

I have a 3 gang box, and the following is all on one circuit. Power is coming from the breaker box into a grounded outlet receptacle. Outlet receptacle continues along to two switched devices: 1 ...
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Replace 3-way switch with one single pole dimmer

I have a single dining room light controlled by two 3-way switches (Switch 1 and Switch 2). The way things are wired / set up right now is: Switch 1 is really the only switch we ever use to turn the ...
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Timer with a Dimmer Switch

I have exterior lights on a timer switch. The lights are too bright. Can I add a dimmer switch to adjust the brightness? And change the timer switch to a three-way switch. Will that work?
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How do I diagnose a defective switch in a 4-way setup?

The split-level entryway in my house has a light that is controlled by three switches. Let's call them A, B, and C. A is a 3-way, B is a 4-way, and C is a 3-way turn-knob dimmer. As long as switch A ...
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Fan light won't turn on

I have a fan with a light. It's controlled by a single pole dimmer. Recently the light stopped working. The bulb is fine (works in a lamp), and the pull chain is fine (just replaced it recently). What'...
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Dimmer switch replacing 3-wire switch not working

I need some help to get my dimmer switch working with my light. I have power coming into the junction box and then leaving to go to a second outlet and the light. The original light was a 3-wired ...
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LED bulbs and LED dimmer

I've read a lot about "not every LED bulb can be dimmed, always look for a "dimmable" feature". The truth is none of the LED bulb here do have the "dimmable" feature written down in the packaging. I ...
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Dimmer switch remains powered with switch off!

I replaced a single pole switch with a Lutron Maestro dimmer. However, the line remains "hot" when dimmer turned off. Have verified that the hot wire in box is wired to bottom lug of dimmer. I ...
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Converting from 2 dimmer switches to 2 regular switches…need help

Just bought a house. The house has aluminum wiring....there was 2 dimmer switches in the basement....only one of them worked... I removed the 2 switches and removed the copper pigtailing that was ...
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Installing a dimmer switch to multiple lights

I have read the wiring configuration for a regular switch. Is this the same configuration for a dimmer switch? One switch, several lights. I don't need a three way switch do I?
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Fitting new dimmer to old wiring but I've got four wires and an earth

I'm fitting a new dimmer to a switch that controls a single ceiling bulb. Currently the switch has two red wires attached, one top one bottom. I'm guessing that this is live from circuit box and then ...
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Replacing a single-pole switch with a dimmer

I recently installed a new LED light fixture. It's a bit bright, so I'm replacing the single-pole switch with a Lutron CL Ariadni dimmer switch (the fixture is dimmable). The existing switch has two ...
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What kind of standard switch do I need to replace this dimmer?

I have a ceiling fan (with light) currently controlled by a dimmer switch that I'd like to replace with a standard switch. The current wiring is shown in the picture, with two black wires going into ...
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Dimmer switch shorted/fried during installation, is it still safe to use?

relative newbie here. I was upgrading a light fixture and at the same time installing a dimmer switch. I accidentally purchased a 3-way switch instead of the required 2-way switch and my "helper" ...
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Dimmer capacity for halogen bulb

I bought a dimmer leviton decora 6672 sureslide. On the box I see next capacity 150W LED/CFL 600W Incandescent. Also on on the box I see that it can be used with halogen bulbs. What is the capacity ...
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Dimmer switch doesn't turn light on unless other 3-way switch is also on

I purchased the three way Lutron dimmer switch at a big box store as well (I just read the question about the upside down switch problem); mine dims the light well. IF the other switch to the light is ...
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3 Way Dimmer Switch Shuts Off When Dimmer Is Above 60% when turning on after inactivity

I've researched as well as I could existing posts on this site for 3-way switch configurations and installing a dimmer switch that seem to describe a similar problem, but they always seem to be ...
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Resistor/Synthetic Load for Caseta Lamp Dimmer

I have a Lutron Caseta Plug-In Lamp Dimmer with a cheap LED light strip plugged into it. It strobes every 10 seconds or so when the dimmer is off. I believe this is due to the "minimum load" problem. ...
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Issues with LED Recessed lighting with dimmer

I have installed recessed lighting in my home. This is a 3 month old home and I got the light/ fan prewire from the builder Below are the items I used: Topaz RH6/R/IC/AT 6" remodel housing for 75W ...
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Replacing 2 dimmer switches, breaker keeps tripping?

I'm trying to replace 2 dimmer switches with 2 regular switches, each dimmer switch controls 2 pot lights. Each dimmer switch has 2 black wires as well as a green wire which seems to be ground but I'...
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How do I/can I install a dimmer without a ground?

Full disclosure: I know very little about electrical work and was hoping for an easy fix. I have been getting a buzzing from my dimmer every time the dim feature is used, and I read that a low ...
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Half-hot outlet connected to dimmer switch

My home has a half-hot outlet connected to a dimmer switch. I have two questions about it. First, is this a code violation? Second, What's the easiest way to either change to a standard switch or ...
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Why do my lights turn on when I plug a device into a nearby outlet?

I noticed that when i use the plugs in the wall like by plugging my laptop, it turns my dimmer lights on, what may have the cause of this problem and how can i fix it ? please help
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Replacing a dimmer switch to a normal switch

I have 4 switches on my switch board. One regular switch and three dimmer switches. I need to swap one of the dimmer switch with the regular switch I have a dimmer switch which has three wires. one ...
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Lights flickering, strange wiring setup

I have a Lutron DV-600P dimmer (single pole, controlling a chandelier with 4x 40W incandescent light bulbs). They flicker constantly. The bulbs and dimmer are not defective (tested replacements). ...
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Why would my dimmer switch only dim lights about halfway?

I have a 3-way Lutron dimmer switch installed at the end of a 4-way circuit in my home (there are three switches controlling the lights to our 1st floor staircase, 1 downstairs and 2 upstairs). I don'...
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Remove a light switch to an outlet - knob and tube

I have an outlet with a light switch that currently controls it. What I would like to do is remove the switch so the outlet is always hot. I considered just removing the switch and connecting the ...
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Is the receiver for my ceiling fan defective or do I need to modify my wall switch?

I just got this minka aire wave ceiling fan an completed the installation but it will not turn on (neither with remote nor switch) UNLESS i take the receiver out altogether and just operate it with ...
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Trying to determine if I have a neutral wire

I used to have an on/off wall switch that controlled a wall socket to which a floor lamp with an LED light bulb is connected. There is another socket in the same box that is not controlled by the ...
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Did I wire this dimmer switch correctly?

We just bought a house built in '74 and all the lights were on dimmers except for one in the hall by the bedrooms. I wanted to to put a dimmer in so my daughter can use it as a faux night light if she ...
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how should i wire up this 2-way z-wave switch?

I want to replace the 2-way switch on the left with a z-wave dimmer switch. Currently this box has a 2-way Dimmer on the left, and a 3-way switch on the right. As noted, all of the neutrals(marked W ...
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Bathroom in-wall exhaust fan with dimmer?

In searching this SE, I see many questions discussing traditional ceiling fans and dimmer switches. This question revolves around bathroom in-wall exhaust fans and dimmer switches. Is it safe to ...
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Identifying strange 3 way / 4 way switch wires

I'm new to house wiring (not to electronics) so please forgive me if I'm using the wrong terms. I am replacing three switches (with zwave) in my basement. A pair of 3 way switches and one four way ...
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How can I rewire two separate light switches on different circuits to one?

In my living room I have 2 light fixtures on opposite ends of the room (let's call it left and right; (the light switch for the left light is the one shown. The right switch is shown in the picture ...
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Can I use a dimmer with the light in my ceiling fan

I almost never use the fan, and I don't care about using a dimmer for the fan speed. I just want to be able to dim the light. There are three wires. One is black going to the bottom of the switch, ...