Questions tagged [dimmer-switch]

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

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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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Can someone explain how this makes sense electrically?

The wiring in my house is... odd. Nearly every pair of outlets has one of the outlets connected to a light switch. Sometimes that switch is quite far from the outlet even when there are other closer ...
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Can I safely run 595 watts of lights with a 600 watt dimmer switch?

I have 7 85-watt lights (a total of 595 watts) that I want to control using a 600-watt dimmer switch. Is that too close to be safe? What if I remove one of the lights?
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How do I stop a dimmer switch from humming?

I installed a dimmer switch in my washroom and it's making a buzzing noise. The more I increase resistance/rotate the dimmer clockwise, the louder it gets. The humming seems to be coming from the ...
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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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Can I dim LED lights when there are two different switches for the same fixture?

I would like to place dimmers in two different rooms that are sometimes a bit over lit. Is that possible when both areas have two switches for the recessed lighting? Do I need to replace both switches ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Dimmer switch not turning on light until at 50%?

I recently had a professional electrician install a ceiling fan with a light fixture. The fan and light are controlled from a combo switch with two knobs - one is a dimmer switch for the light, and ...
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Could I safely use a dimmer switch on an air filter fan?

I bought a small HEPA air filter fan that was advertised as being a quiet model. But it's not quiet enough for me. I bought another "quiet" fan, but the new one is also too loud for my liking. Could ...
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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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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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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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Why does my LED light flicker when turning it on using a dimmer switch?

I replaced a flushmont light fixure with a new dimmable LED Flushmount. I also replaced the old switch (see images below) with a dimmer switch. When I turn the LED on there is a flicker while it is ...
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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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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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Does it matter which wire goes where on single pole dimmer?

I’m updating the switches throughout my house. I have an old rotary style single-pole dimmer controlling the just-as-old chandelier in my dining room. This dimmer shares a double-gang box with a 3-way ...
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Why does my one-way switch have 4 wires?

My bedroom light is controlled by only one switch (as far as I'm aware of...), so I assumed my switch would only have 3 wires (current in, current out, ground). However I opened my switch and I saw 4 ...
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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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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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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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Dimmer switch gets very warm - almost hot

I recently had a Z-wave dimmer switch installed. It is working fine and controls the recessed lighting in my family room. The lights are six 65-watt BR40 bulbs. When the cover was off the switch (we ...
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Why are my LED bulbs flashing?

I recently replaced all eight bulbs on my chandeleir with dimmable led light bulbs. They work fine when on, but at approximately half power (dimmer turned half way through), the bulbs start flashing (...
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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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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 ...
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Can I put dimmable LED bulbs in a ceiling fan fixture and wire it to a dimmer switch marked LED compatible?

Would there be any problems with putting dimmable LED bulbs into a ceiling fan fixture that holds three bulbs and wiring it to a dimmer switch marked LED compatible? The fan itself will be on just the ...
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How can I control two ceiling fans and lights with one single pole switch?

I have two ceiling fans with two aftermarket light kits installed, all controlled from one single pole switch. So when switch is flipped, both fans and lights turn on or off at the same time. Only way ...
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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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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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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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Is this a compliant way to control three circuits with two switches?

I'm planning to replace two dimmer switches -- but I found the following clever wiring when opening up the junction box. Three circuits where the neutral lines are spliced together, one live line ...
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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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Help with 2 Dimmer Switches and bad wiring

Two dimmers in one "box", each going to a separate room. One set of lights started to flicker, so I figured I needed to replace the switch. I've done dimmers before. But when I opened the box, whoever ...
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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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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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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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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 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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What type of bulbs dim to lowest setting?

I've got a Lutron "Plug-in lamp dimmer", Model PD-3PCL-WH, and tried several LED bulbs with it. They all said "fully dimmable" on the packaging. It works, however seems like at most it dims to about ...
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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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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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Can someone explain this wiring configuration to me?

See my previous question for more detail on my household's bizarre wiring. Three of my bedrooms have dimmer switches connected to outlets and ceiling fans, which is electrically unsafe and just ...
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Safe to mix wire gauges when installing dimmer switch?

I've purchased a Lutron dimmer switch (DVWCL-153PH-WH) to install for ceiling mounted LED lighting. The wires for the current switch are 12 gauge with a 20A circuit breaker while the dimmer switch ...
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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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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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Poor LED dimming performance

I recently bought this LED dimmer to drive these LED bulbs on my recessed lights. The fixtures have a built in transformer that drops the voltage to 12v, but I'm bot sure if they are MLV or ELV ...
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What can I do if I need another gang in a junction box but there isn't space in the wall?

I have a dual gang junction box installed in a space between 2 studs in the wall. I want to add swap the box for a 3-gang box to add another switch for a ceiling fan, however when I took the cover ...