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Old 07-10-07, 07:22 PM
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Unhappy dimmers

i hooked up a dimmer switch in the bathroom and as soon as i touched the switch it popped off the breaker and the back of the dimmer is really hot. I thought it was right but...........!! i have the main power and the light power coming into the box - i'm also connecting the fan, light, night light combo to a 3 rocker switch. any suggestions out there??
 
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Did you connect the same two wires to the dimmer that were connected to the old switch?

What is the wattage rating of the dimmer, and what is the wattage rating of the lights. You do only have lights connected to the dimmer, correct?
 
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Old 07-10-07, 07:31 PM
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the lights are connected to the dimmer as well as the main power source. i then have the main power source conned to the 3 rocker switch giving supply to the fan combo.
 
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i forgot to say - i removed another line that supplies my room that was also in the box. i plan on running another line for that. so originally the one main supports 2 bathrooms and a master.
 
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First answer racrafts questions regarding wattage, etc.

What wires are connected to what?

You should have your incoming black power pigtailed going to brass screw of dimmer (typically lower) and the black wire from the light going to the other terminal. Another pigtail off the incoming black going to your toggle. White neutrals should all be wire nutted together along with your grounds.
 
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ok-went to the home depot bought a new dimmer- works great!!!

i think a faulty dimmer?? anyway thanks!!
 
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Old 07-11-07, 04:17 AM
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Smile dimmers- updated

Originally Posted by didimark View Post
ok-went to the home depot bought a new dimmer- works great!!!

i think a faulty dimmer?? anyway thanks!!
problem solved...
 
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Why did you quote yourself?

We got the point that you fixed it without you adding "problem solved"

Faulty dimmer ?


Doubtful. You most likley ruined it with your poor wirring practices.
 
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i'm sorry you're so offended that i'm new to this site and didn't realize i accidently quoted myself. You're most likely correct that i may have burned out the switch even though i wired it the same when i brought the new one home and now works wonderful. i do not even pretend to know what i'm doing and thought this site was to ask for advice.
 
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didimark,

Dimmers are very sensitive and quite easily destroyed by errant voltages. If you in any way attampted to connect this dimmer while power was on, then there is a good chance that you fried the dimmer.

Your comment, "as soon as i touched the switch it popped off the breaker" can be read that you made connections with the power on. It can also be read otherwise.

I think that perhaps burkej62 read it as you had the power on. This would indeed have been a mistake on your part.
 
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