Wiring Dimmers

Old 12-23-02, 09:49 AM
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Wiring Dimmers

I am trying to put a dimmer on a dining room light that has a Receptacle tied to it as well. I have the the 2 black wires which I assume I would put the dimmer between, the 2 white wires are tied together. The problem ends up with the red wire that is there,It was wired to the original switch that was there where would I put that , I don't care if the receptacle is controlled by the switch, I just want a dimmer on the lights
Old 12-23-02, 10:08 AM
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Is there a second switch that controls the lights somewhere else??

If so you have a 3-way switch and a normal dimmer will not work.
you will need a three way dimmer. They cost about $25 but work great.

Hope that helps
Old 12-23-02, 10:55 AM
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No just the one switch that works the light, and receptacle, there is a switch ont eh other side of the wall that controls the lights in the kitchen but it does not control anyhting in the dining room
Old 12-23-02, 11:37 AM
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If you're sure that this is a single pole switch (i.e., the old switch had "on" and "off" on the lever), then try connecting both black wires to one of the dimmer wires, and the red to the other dimmer wire.

If that doesn't work, try the only other two possibilities (i.e., each black with the red).

In any case, leave the white wires alone.
Old 12-23-02, 12:08 PM
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worked like a charm putting the 2 black together, and red to the other side of the dimmer


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