Questions tagged [dimmer-switch]

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

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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, ...
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What controls the min/max brightness of a dimmer switch light

I have a room with the main light on a dimmer switch. If I turn the switch all the way down, then the light doesn't go off. And indeed, it doesn't even go all that far down. I'd like the minimum to ...
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Why are my some of my LED lights flickering?

Something is causing some of my LED lights to flicker in three locations. Here are two examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J-g2z_YtYM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlbPdvkZ-BU There are a ...
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Track Lighting LED bulbs flickering

I recently bought a 5-bulb track lighting & installed GU10 base MR16 shape, dimmable LED lights bought off of eBay. The lights started flickering after turning them on after a few seconds. I ...
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Safety of hard wiring cable lighting intended for halogen bulbs in a circuit with LED dimmer switch

Reporting from the northeastern United States. I am thinking through installing a cable lighting system on a circuit in a hall in the 55 year old house. I've since installed a LED dimmer switch for ...
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Could switching from a dimmable to a non dimmable LED bulb have caused a light fixture with dimmer switch to fail?

Recently replaced dimmable LED bulbs with non-dimmable bulbs in a light fixture/ceiling fan that uses a dimmer switch. In the last week, it started randomly turning off and on. Now it won't turn on ...
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Dimmer switch with ceiling fan instead of remote [duplicate]

Is there any reason to use a remote control with a ceiling fan (that most come with), which requires a battery and can get lost, when a simple dimmer switch can be installed to regulate the speed? Is ...
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Are these 3 switches wired correctly?

I updated the switches in my master bedroom. It used to be 3 switches - one for the ceiling fan's light, one for the ceiling fan blades, and one to control a few outlets (for floor lamps). I added a ...
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dimmer switch for both low voltage LED and leading edge at the same time?

I'm installing LED ceiling lights that come with analog low voltage control for dimming (i.e., 4 wire). However there is one existing sconce light that I hope to not replace. Would like it to also dim,...
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Need help wiring new dimmer

I'm trying to wire a new Legrand Adorne Softap dimmer without any luck. It's replacing a Legrand Adorne paddle dimmer which uses the HOT and 1-POLE connections on the back of the dimmer. The new ...
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Two 3-way dimmers on 6 LED lights - lights blink when on

I wired 6 LED ceiling lights, and I want to control it from two sides, so I used 3-way dimmers on both sides. Everything works, I can dim the lights from both sides, but they blink. I wired a 3-way ...
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3 way dimmer on 4 way circuit

I have a 4 way circuit with 6 total switches light switches. One is a dimmer switch. The other 5 switches only work properly when the dimmer switch is on. If the dimmer switch is off the other toggle ...
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3 way switch issue

I am trying to figure out how to install a 3-way switch. Unfortunately, I did not took any pictures of the previous 3-way switch installment, I thought this would be easy but after I bought the new ...
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Converting two three-way switches to a single dimmer

I recently replaced my kitchen lights to dimmable LEDs. Right now there are two 1 gang 3-way switches, so I can control the same lights from two switches. I wanted to replace one of the switches with ...
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Replacing Dimmable Halogen Spot light with LED dimmable or non Dimmable LED spotlights

I have old fashion dimmable halogen spotlight mounted on my ceiling, and I would like to replace them with LED spot lights. My questions are: Would I have to replace the existing transformers to ...
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Replacing Dimmer with Switch - Online Examples Don't Match My Setup

I purchased a single pole boring light switch to replace a not-really-used dimmer, and I want to be cautious and check myself. I apologize if this is a duh question. The guides all show switches that ...
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How to connect two dimmers to control two sets of lights independently

I have just moved to Germany, and have a room with a double-gang system. The lower is a rotary dimmer which controls the lights in the kitchen, and the upper is a double rocker switch that simply ...
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Replacing 3-way dimmer switch with 3-way switch

I've recently installed smart (ZigBee) LED bulbs in my kitchen. These lights are on a dimmer switch, and even when I have the dimmer all the way up, the bulbs flicker when their internal dimming is ...
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Remote Halogen Light Dimmer switch

A 2-in-1 ceiling fan and halogen bulb remote switch has stopped operating the light bulb (either on/off or dimmer) but still operates the fan properly. Any ideas?
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3-way switch AND sgl pole dimmer in one gang [closed]

I have a problem...I only have room for a single gang box. Currently a 3-way switch resides there. We need to add a single pole, dimmer switch to the box. Isn't there a fan switch that would house ...
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Faulty dimmer lights / switch

My patio lights are on a dimmer switch. Recently when I press the switch the lights go on and then switch off immediately and stay off. I can press the switch on and off several times and nothing ...
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Ceiling Fan Light Only Works when Fan is On

I have a ceiling fan & light that is controlled by a wall switch. Recently, I went to turn the lights on and they flickered but didn't turn on. The fan works fine. I decided to replace the switch ...
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Can I use my dual light/fan dimmer switch on a ceiling fan?

I wired our bonus room to include a 14/3 wire from switch to fixture with the assumption that I could hook up an "infinite" speed control fan. Come to find out that most if not all ceiling fans do ...
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Can I take power from the hot line on another switch in a multi-gang box?

I have been working on wiring a Z-Wave 3 way dimmer. In my current three way configuration, I only have line, ground, and 2 travelers in the remote box. In the primary box, I have 2 travelers, ...
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Dimmer switch is buzzing at one location but not at another

I installed a dimmer switch in my bedroom and got buzzing from the switch and from the incandescent light/fan on the ceiling that it was controlling. I took that same dimmer switch and installed it ...
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LEDs on dimmer, left alone, eventually fade to off

I replaced some halogen bulbs in my recessed cans with some LED retrofit kits I also replaced the dimmer with a new digital LED dimmer. When I dim the lights down to a low-ish setting, I can wait ...
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Z-Wave Dimmer Wiring in 3-Way Configuration

I have an existing dimmer and a toggle switch configured in 3-way configuration. The toggle switch has a single 12/4 attached. The dimmer has 2 12/3s (I guess). Both of the grounds are wired to a ...
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wall mounted switch to control a motor

I have a motorised shutter and I need to buy a in-wall switch to automatically stop when the shutter reaches the floor or the ceiling by only one push and not keep holding the switch.
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Replacing single pole light switch with dimmer

I'm trying to replace a single pole light switch with a Leviton 6674 dimmer. This dimmer has four wires including the ground wire and a wire which is tagged and used for three-way applications which I ...
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How Do I Fix This Broken Switch?

What's the simplest path for me to fix this? Is it possible for me to order a new "cap" somehow or do I need to replace the whole switch plate? Thanks in advance!
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Why does Lutron motion sensor light switch have low amp?

I am replacing the old switches with occupancy/vacancy sensor light switches. However Lutron only has 2amp and 5amp while the ones I have are the standard 15 amp. I don't know about the significant ...
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Replace 3-way Dimmer with Timer Switch

I have a 3 way setup, with a Dimmer Switch and a simple switch. I want to replace the Dimmer Switch with a timer switch. The dimmer switch I'm removing has 4 wires: Black (hot), Green (ground), and ...
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How can I use a Z-wave switch as a 3-way with no neutral?

I have two lights controlled by two light switches in a 3 way switch loop configuration with no neutral. I would like to replace either one (if I can get away with it) or both of the switches with a ...
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Can I safely disable a three way fan switch to use for providing ground to remote three way box?

I have a bit of a unique electrical situation that I am dealing with. My house was wired with several three way lighting boxes that included a switch for a fan which is not used. I am working on ...
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Can a ceiling fan's speed be controlled with a light dimmer switch

I purchased a ceiling fan a while back which is one of those fancy ones that is operated with a remote control. However, for some reason, the remote broke, and the fan is stuck on maximum speed, I can ...
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Extra wires on dual switch install

I installed a ceiling fan with a light fixture in place of a light fixture and ran an extra wire from the ceiling fan to the switch. Would now like to install a dual switch to control fan and light ...
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Dimmer not turn the LED on

I have install 2 Lutron 150W(LED) dimmer and connect it to 2 LED recessed light and 6 LED recessed light respectively, all LED light are 5W(6000K) with a driver of it own. There are few problems ...