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

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GE dimmer works with 3 LED lights, somewhat with 4 and not at all with 5

I've got a brand new single pole GE 14294 Z-Wave Plus dimmer. Before I try to connect it to z-wave, I wanted to make sure it was working. I have five LED lights (4W, 65mA, BR20 flood) lights in ...
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Light switch with five wires controlled by two circuit breakers: What is this?

I have a living room light switch. It's a one-way switch that controls eight built-in LED lights. This was redone recently (in the last 3-4 years), but the house is new to me, so I don't know anything ...
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Help Wiring Ceiling Fan With Dimmer Switch

trying to figure out how to wire a basic remote ceiling fan w light, I have. Coming out of the ceiling is 4 wires - Red (hot), Black (hot), White and Copper. This is the switch on the wall: Trying ...
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Dimmer switches have no ground wire

I went to replace two kitchen dimmer switches with new toggle dimmers (the old dimmers work, this is only cosmetic). When I removed the face plate, I found the existing switches did not have a ground ...
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Trying to install a dimmer switch for my light attached to my ceiling fan

thanks in advance for the help! I am attempting to install a dimmer switch to solely operate the light on my ceiling fan light fixture. I have read that installing a dimmer for the fan is dangerous, ...
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Using a Multiple Load dimmer to it's full rating?

I've done some digging, and most of what I've found says you can use a dimmer to it's full capacity, but most wouldn't recommend doing so, which could cause the dimmer to fail. I'm having trouble ...
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LED bulbs or dimmer switch causing buzzing?

I installed a light fixture that contains 4 dimmable GU10 LED lightbulbs. I also installed a dimmer switch (Feit Electric Model 72200) for the fixture. When I dim the bulbs to 50-85% on, I hear a ...
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How do I connect my AAL06 dimmer for single pole?

I just purchased a few of these AAL06 dimmers. The instructions manual says @easy: connect black to black, green to green, and anything else to white, my situation is very different... here is a ...
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Removing Dimmer Switch, 3 wires

I want to remove a dimmer switch and cap off the wires. This switch will no longer be used - my question - I have two black hot wires and a red wire. I believe the black wires will be capped together ...
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Replace Dimmer Switch with normal switch

I had a dimmer switch setup in my dining room. The dimmer switch stopped working and I want to replace it with a normal switch (3 screws which are hot, neutral, ground). In the picture below, there ...
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Replacing standard light switch with dimmer

I have a standard light switch (on/off) controlling my living room lights, that I would like to replace with a dimmer switch. Pulling the old light switch off, I can see that it's connected like so. ...
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When installing a three way dimmer switch, does it matter which switch is the dimmer?

My grandmother called me the other day to troubleshoot from half way accross the country. She installed a three way dimmer switch in her dinning room at the location most used. It turns the light on ...
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Safe to install a resistor (of sorts) on a wall switch to force a light to dim?

I have a tiny inner courtyard that needs a very dim antique light, but not too bright that it shines into the bedrooms. Finding low-wattage replacement bulbs is a hassle, and I can't imagine ever ...
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How can I wire 3 Lutron Caseta dimmer switches in bathroom?

I went to install 3 caseta luton dimmer switches in my bathroom, and found that I don’t understand the existing wiring which has a bank of 4 switches. There are two dimmers and two on/off switches. ...
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What are these light switches?

I just bought an older home (1959), and it has some odd light switches. The button is a tap button, and just seems to vary the brightness. The slider seems to turn the lights off and on. The lights ...
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Using a 15 Amp Switch on 20 Amp Circuit

I know that it is to code to use two 15 Amp Receptacles on a 20 Amp breaker. Is it acceptable to use a 15 Amp switch that controls the bathroom lights, which is on a 20 Amp breaker, along with an ...
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Why is my kitchen LED lighting flickering

My kitchen light is blinking, is there a way to find out what is causing it and how do I fix it? Could the problem be with the dimmer? See below images of LED array, LED driver and dimmer switch, and ...
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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. ...