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

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Installing WeMo Wi-Fi Dimmer Switch - Lights not turning on

I have attempted to install my WeMo switch; however, it does not seem to want to work. Before I contact Belkin or my superintendent, I wanted to make sure that it is WeMo that is broken, and not my ...
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Lampshade With Dimmer Causing Electric Shock?

I bought a lampshade from a market. I live in a country with 220V supply. It gave me an electric shock when I touched the dimmer control while plugged in, but I'm not sure if it was a static shock. ...
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Why do LED lights get brighter when adding additional lights to the dimmer circuit?

I just installed new recessed lighting in my finished basement, wiring 4 fixtures with dimmable led bulbs to a dimmer switch. Additionally, 2 of the fixtures are on their own standard switch after the ...
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Replace fan speed controller with Dimmer switch

I replaced a fan with a light fixture and the fan used a fan speed controller. It has two red wires going to two black wires. How would I replace the speed controller with a single pole dimmer?
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Fried dimmer turns lights on/off but new dimmer won't

I had two black wires, one red wire and two white wires coming from the ceiling (I suspect there used to be a fan with a light). In the switch box, there was a black and a white wire (with a green ...
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ELV fixture + Maestro ELV dimmer does not dim, it simply switches

I just installed a Maestro ELV dimmer connected to a LED ELV-compatible fixture (WAC lighting). The fixture does not dim however, it is 100% on at all dimmer settings and shuts off when the dimmer ...
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Can I protect a dimmer switch circuit with a GFCI outlet?

I'm installing some line-level-dimmable LED undercabinet lighting in my kitchen. I'd like to protect it with one of the existing GFCI outlets in the area. My sequence would be GFCI > dimmer switch > ...
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I installed a new light fixture and it won't turn off!

I removed a fan/light combo and replaced with a typical light fixture. The wires from the ceiling coming out are white, black and ground. The light fixture has a positive and a neg and a ground. I ...
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Replacing a dimmer out of a 2 gang switch

My girlfriend bought an old apartment in NYC and we are trying to replace one of the dimmers with a standard switch. The 2 gang consist of the dimmer (Controls the living room lights) and a standard ...
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Why would a new switch come with aluminum wires?

I just bought a dimmer switch from Lowe's, and it came with aluminum connection wires (I believe). Our house wiring is copper. I understand that connecting aluminum to copper isn't recommended, and ...
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Switching off dimmable LED flashes then switches back on

I tried to swap out a 70W 240V incandescent bulb with a dimmable 8.8W 220-240V LED. The switch is a dimmer switch, which probably has an old leading edge driver (the building is old). This mostly ...
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Why would there be an additional cable in double gang box for 2 light switches?

I replaced two older dimmer switches for light fixtures within a double gang box with two new Lutron LED dimmers (Skylark Contour CTCL-153P-AL). Since the dimmers that were replaced had no ground ...
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Is there a code-compliant way to label a wire where the conductors are not wired in the expected way?

This might be an X/Y problem, so if there is a better solution, I'm all ears. I have a 3-gang electrical box in my basement that is already overcrowded. It has The wire for the three-way light in the ...
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I installed dimmer but the wall switch does not have a ground wire; is it safe?

I installed this dimmer in my bedroom https://i.stack.imgur.com/YR6mq.jpg But when I removed the old switch I only found 2 black copper wires connected to the switch. I proceeded to connect this to ...
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Change dimmer switch to regular

I have a dimmer switch, need to change to regular for a ceiling fan. From the picture, I think the black wire is my "neutral," and the green is obviously ground. The red wire to the upper right is ...
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Installed Lutron Caseta, one bulb works, but two do not

I've been installing Lutron Caseta dimmers all throughout my house. Everything has been fine except my back porch where I have two lights. If I only put a bulb in one light, it works fine, dims, etc....
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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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Why are the lights on my dimmed three-way circuit dimmer than normal?

I have a 3 way switch and a 3 way dimmer switch to operate two recessed fixtures, which worked fine for years. Now, both spots are dim. Doesn't matter if I use the switch with dimmer or 3 way switch ...
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Wire splitting to switches

I am running 14-2 wire from a 15 amp circuit. I want to use 3 dimmer switches for 4 lights on each. Can I split or connect 3 wires in a junction box to each dimmer switch from the main wire? I am ...
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Do LED dimmers work with non-LED bulbs?

I've been switching to LED bulbs wherever I can for the past few years but one thing I haven't done yet is switch my dimmer switches over to LED compatible dimmers. One issue I've had trouble ...
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3way wiring with timer AND a dimmer

I'm using an intermatic ST01 to feed the dimmer, since I don't have a neutral in the far box, and I'm told not to feed dimmed input to a timer. From there is where I'm having a problem, using a ...
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How to identify the wires on the dimmer to convert it to Conventional on/off switch

I have a dimmer switch that I need to convert to a conventional on/off switch. I have checked this link for guidance already: How do I replace this dimmer switch to a conventional switch? It seems ...
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New Dimmer Switches Work Inconsistently

I recently installed 2 new dimmer switches for new construction recessed lights in my living room (LED bulbs). At first these dimmer switches appeared to be working without issue. However, a few day ...
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Wiring Z-wave Dimmer switch into 2-gang switch setup

Novice here... My 2 gang junction box had 2 switches, controlling a fan and its light. I got this fan from HD (Fan) which needed only one hot and a neutral to operate. The remote controls the fan's ...
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How can I wire an Insteon switch in this situation?

I've been installing Insteon switches around the house, and I've run into a bit of an issue. In our bedroom, we have a switch that controls the fan lights and recessed lights as well as single ...
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Hallway Smart Switch help

I’d like to change my hallway switches to Lutron Caseta Smart Dimmers but I’m not sure how to proceed. I’ll preface with I’ve done pretty basic electrical (swapping to GFCI outlets, changing junction ...
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Trying to identify these wires on a switch

I think the black wires with the white and blue caps are the hot ones, and maybe the brown wire is ground or neutral? I'm trying to replace it with whats in the second image but not sure what the SW1 ...
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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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Multi-light dimmer switch broken: one light dims, other lights brighten

I have 3 light installations in my kitchen that are controlled by one of two switches. The switches either turn all 3 lights on/off, or dims/brightens all 3 lights at the same time (with a long press)....
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Low voltage/low power on 2 out of 4 LEDs newly installed

PROJECT - Recently replaced two ceiling light fixtures with (4) Easy-Up 6 in. Deep Baffle Color Selectable Canless LED Recessed Kit, made by Commercial Electric. Also installed new switches; lights ...
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Replaced lights & switches on 3 way switch circuit; not sure if I have wiring problem or product problem or both

Project description: Replaced 2 ceiling light fixtures with 4 recessed LED lights on 3-way circuit. Also replaced (2) 3-way switches, one with dimmer and one standard, and (1) standard 2-way switch ...
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Mysterious ground wire

So I’m trying to replace my old light switches with some nice new dimmers but I have a problem. As you can see in the picture, all the ground wires run up and out of the box to an unknown location. ...
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Dim only certain lightbulbs on a circuit?

The builder built my house with multiple outdoor lights on a single circuit. Most of the lights are non-dimmable LED wall fixtures, but 2 of them are dimmable 6" LED baffles under an overhang. He ...
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dimmer switch only lights the first of 3 sets of lights

I recently changed out my incandescent lights in my kitchen to LED lights there are 3 lights each have 5 LED light bulbs with 2 3 way switches controlling their on/off function. I found the leg side ...
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Why doesn't new dimmer switch brighten completely?

I just replaced an old Pass and Seymour slide dimmer switch with a Lutron single pole switch with a side toggler. I'm using incandescent bulbs. The new switch dims the lights fine, but when I slide ...
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Extra Wire in Light Switch Box?

I'm attempting to replace two switches in my house with smart switches (specifically, this one for the lights and this one for the fan). Upon opening my switch box and loosening the old light switches,...
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Turn Lights On/Off Without Having to Hit 3 Switches in One Room

I just moved into a new place and I'm having an interesting lighting problem in one of my rooms. I've looked at a few things on the internet, but my lack of experience in this matter makes me feel ...
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Charred ground, dimmable switch, no light, keep shining coffee table

this old house, ongoing issues. I'm having a hard time figuring this out, here's the story with the living room lights, Lutron S-603P dimmable switch 600W max 5A Charred copper ground wire. The ...
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Light fitting won't work with more than one bulb in place

I have a light fitting very similar to this. i have purchased the correct bulbs but when more than one is fitted none work. i have tested each individual fitting and each works. i have purchased a ...
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Dimmable range on one circuit is different to another. Why?

We've recently had some dimmable spotlights installed in our dining room. We have a setup where we have 3 lights off one switch, and 6 on a second switch. The lights were not dimming very much, maybe ...
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Dimmer is controlling outlets

I have a walk-in closet that was wired with one hot lead from the bathroom. I want to put in a dimmer for the lights but there are also 2 outlets coming off of the hot. When I put the hot wire ...
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which wires to connect when installing a dimmer switch?

I have a new dimmer switch that to replace an old standard light switch. The old switch has 4 cables coming into it as in the picture. and the new one purchased from amazon is Lutron GL-600H-DK. It ...
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Installed dimmer switch caused another switch to stop working

I installed a dimmer in my bedroom today and I just realised that the dimmer in my mom's room and in the corridor is not working anymore... Followed standard procedure : Breaker off, changed the old ...
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Changing Out a “Vintage” Dimmer Switch

First off ---- I am by no means an electrician. That said, I have a dimmer switch that needs to go..and be replaced by a new one. However, upon searching the internet and reading the instructions ...
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How can I dim landscape lights permanently?

I googled this question before posting here - I cant seem to find anyone with my exact needs, so I am asking here. I have a light switch connected to an outlet that is under my house. From here I ...
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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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5 Wires in Light Switch

I have 5 wires in the back of the light switch. It looks like there are 2 ground wires (copper, no coating) one from the breaker and one to the light. They go into different holes and then are coiled ...
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3-way Dimmer - Lights Flicker Off When Turned On

I have corridor lights (12 of them) linked up to two 3-way dimmer's. The lights were dimmable from both sides and all worked fine. After replacing some connections in the bathroom (separate to the ...
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What should I do to increase the dimming range of LED bulbs?

We started doing most of our homes in LED last year. I am a big dimmer fan and would pretty much put a dimmer on any light switch. One thing that I haven't gotten down is the dimming range of the ...
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Lutron Maestro CL Extreme Delay

I've had nothing but success with using Maestro dimmers on both LED and incandescent lighting for years, but recently picked up a new dimmer (MACL-153M-WH) and a pair of G7 Elko LEDs (30W total) and ...