Old 09-12-03, 08:18 AM
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I am trying to jump power from a 3-way switch to a one pole dimmer switch. How can this be done. The 3-way has it's power inserted into the back of the switch so the side screws are empty. The dimmer switch has a green ground and two blk wires.

The dimmer is connected to two wall lights and those connections are correct.

Please advise, Thanks
Old 09-12-03, 09:11 AM
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A single-pole dimmer can be connected in "series" with a 3-way switch. You have two choices---connect the dimmer to the 3WS with the "Feed" wire on the "C" terminal of the 3WS, or connect it to the the 3WS where the wire to the fixture(s) connects to the "C" terminal.

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if this is not the feed side of the three-way system then the dimmer would only work when the light controlled by the three -way is on. Where did you get your neutral for the wall lights?
Old 09-12-03, 02:29 PM
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If there are only 3 wires in the 3way switch box, you can't jump power from it. You don't have a neutral. If you want to dim the lights on the 3way, buy a 3way dimmer.

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Old 09-12-03, 04:21 PM
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It's a bit early to tell since we are still lacking the details, but most likely what you are attempting is impossible. Tell us more about what you have in the 3-way switch box. Be sure to tell us how many wires are there, what are their colors, and how they are attached to the switch and/or other wires. Tapping power from any switch is iffy, and tapping power from a 3-way is even more iffy.

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