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Expert needed, converting single light flick switch to dimmer

Expert needed, converting single light flick switch to dimmer


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Old 08-09-14, 04:43 AM
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Question Expert needed, converting single light flick switch to dimmer

Dear forum experts,

seek your advise before i blow up my house.

i bought a light dimmer (round knob) to replace my common single ceiling light switch.

I opened up the existing casing, this is exactly what i see inside:
- 2 red wires going into 1 hole.
- 1 yellow wire going into another hole.

My new dimmer on the back has 2 holes, 1 labelled IN, 1 labelled OUT.

So im assuming i should take the 2 red wires and insert into "IN", and take single yellow wire and insert into OUT. Is it that simple?

afraid of explosions zzz, please help this idiot.

Thank you very much forumers!
 
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Old 08-09-14, 04:53 AM
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Is it that simple?

i would say so. turn off the power when you change it. i would wirenut the 2 red wires and run a short pigtail to the switch.
 
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Old 08-09-14, 04:58 AM
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First, is there another switch that operates the same light? It sounds like a three way.

It would also help to know where you are located.
 
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Old 08-09-14, 05:25 AM
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heey guys thanks much for yr replies so far.

this is an old house, so yea maybe theres leftover wiring from an old light, but theres only 1 light in my room currently.

im in singapore, thanks.
 
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Old 08-09-14, 05:50 AM
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This site is primarily a US based site

I hope someone can help.
 
 

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