3 way circuit with dimmer issue


  #1  
Old 12-29-13, 07:56 AM
M
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 4
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
3 way circuit with dimmer issue

I am hoping someone can shed some light on this. Over the past lot of months I have been building a theater room in my basement. And last night I installed my lighting and 3 way switches. One of the switches is a dimmer. my issue is that my regular switch has to be on for the dimmer switch to work. I have the power source going into the regular 3 way switch and the dimmer is off of the travel line. I will post a diagram of how its wired.

Does the dimmer switch have to be placed where the power source comes in?
 
Attached Images  
  #2  
Old 12-29-13, 08:09 AM
Tolyn Ironhand's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: United States
Posts: 14,443
Received 909 Upvotes on 767 Posts
Welcome to the forums!

That is one of the bad things of a 3-way dimmer. They really do not work that well because if you dim it down and turn off the lights, next time you turn them on they will be dim.

However, looking at your diagram it looks like you might have something wrong. The white taped black should be connected to the hot and connected to the common of the dimmer. The black and red should be the travelers.
 
  #3  
Old 12-29-13, 08:10 AM
pcboss's Avatar
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Maryland
Posts: 13,998
Received 205 Upvotes on 179 Posts
The incoming power needs to feed the common on the three way switch. You cannot feed the second switch off the travelers.
 

Last edited by pcboss; 12-29-13 at 08:41 AM.
  #4  
Old 12-29-13, 08:28 AM
M
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 4
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
So I need to take the white with the black tape and connect it to the hot from the power source? instead of connecting to the 1st switch? and not have the hot from the power source connecting to the black wire heading to the dimmer?
 
  #5  
Old 12-29-13, 08:39 AM
M
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 4
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
I followed this diagram....
 
Attached Images  
  #6  
Old 12-29-13, 08:44 AM
pcboss's Avatar
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Maryland
Posts: 13,998
Received 205 Upvotes on 179 Posts
That diagram is incorrect. The dead end three way needs to be fed by the reidentified white on the common.
 
  #7  
Old 12-29-13, 08:56 AM
M
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 4
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
ITS FIXED NOW!!!! I put the white with black tape on the hot source. Thank you very much for your quick responses and help!
 
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: