Three way switches for kitchen lights

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Old 11-14-17, 04:05 PM
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Three way switches for kitchen lights

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We just moved into our home. Our kitchen has two switches for the kitchen lights. The left side of the room switch side has a dimmer and the right side is just toggle.

The problem I am having is that if the left switch turns off the lights then the right cannot turn them on and vice-versa. I have never seen a setup like this.

Please tell me there is a way to fix this. I should be able to turn the lights on from either switch regardless of which one turned them off correct?

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Old 11-14-17, 04:13 PM
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Replace the dimmer with a 3 way toggle switch.
 
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Old 11-14-17, 04:49 PM
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People get VERY confused with three way circuits. I have not found many dimmer/3way switch combinations that work correctly. That leaves you two choices.

1) remove the dimmer and install a regular three way switch.
2) purchase a three way dimmer and it's companion switch.
 
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Old 11-14-17, 06:53 PM
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Sounds like,e a traveller is transposed with a common. It should work if wired properly, but the brightness will be controlled by the dimmer setting,
 
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Old 11-14-17, 07:46 PM
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Ok. I think I am good from here. I just don't understand how an electrician installs something improperly. Thank you.
 
 

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