Dimmer on switch with one line

Old 07-18-04, 02:51 PM
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Dimmer on switch with one line

Hi. I hope someone has an answer for me. I want to put a dimmer on a string of 5 recessed lights. When I took off the cover I noted that the switch controls the lights by completing the circuit..i.e. only one wire with black and white attached to the switch. My understanding is that a dimmer will not work in this arrangement. Is this true? Does anyone have a suggestion on how I could put a dimmer into this set up?
Old 07-18-04, 03:29 PM
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In general, a dimmer can be used anywhere a regular switch can. So if you take out a regular single-pole switch, you can install a dimmer by connecting exactly the same wires that were connected to the old switch to the dimmer. Just make sure you use an incandescent dimmer for incandescent bulbs, and don't exceed the wattage rating of the dimmer (usually 600 watts).

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