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

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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, ...
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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 ...