replacing dimmer with standard switch

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Old 04-03-11, 03:03 PM
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replacing dimmer with standard switch

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I am trying to replace an old Lutron dimmer switch with a standard two-way switch. The switch is in my dining room and controls the one dining room light. There is a switch on a separate wall that also controls the light.

I removed the old dimmer and found the wiring setup as indicated in the included picture. I am a novice when it comes to wiring, so I was unsure how to proceed. My new switch has two screws on the side and one ground screw on the bottom. What should I connect?

Thank you for your assistance.

https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0BxF...thkey=CPKKq-YP
 
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Old 04-03-11, 03:07 PM
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You need to replace a 3 way switch. You have purchased a single pole switch.

When you get the correct switch pay attention to the wire connected to the odd colored screw. This will connect to the Common wire or terminal on the dimmer.
 
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Old 04-04-11, 04:42 AM
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Thank you for the prompt reply. So in my diagram, which of the wires should connect to the odd-colored screw? I see that I have basically two black wires and one white wire that seem to be running to the old dimmer.
 
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Old 04-04-11, 08:36 AM
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The odd colored wire on the old dimmer would be common. What color wires on the dimmer?
 
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Ray,
I had two red wires and one black wire coming from the dimmer:

https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0BxF...thkey=CPKKq-YP

The two red wires were connected to a black and a white wire, respectively, coming into the top of the box. The black wire was connected to two other black wires as indicated in the linked diagram.

Thanks for your help.
 
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Old 04-04-11, 12:08 PM
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The black wire was connected to two other black wires as indicated in the linked diagram.
The black then is your common. Connect the "two other black wires" to a pigtail and the pigtail to the dark colored screw of the new switch. The wires that went to the red wires of the dimmer go to the two brass screws of the new switch. Which to which doesn't matter.
 
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Ray,
Thank you again for your assistance; I will try this configuration this evening and let you know.
 
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Ray,
Thank you; that solution worked perfectly.
 
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Excellent. Thanks for letting us know.
 
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