Can all switches be replaced with dimmers?

Old 05-21-02, 11:53 AM
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Lightbulb Can all switches be replaced with dimmers?

A set of recessed cans are operated by two 3-way switches, one on either side of the room.
We would like to put this light on a dimmer switch.
Is it possible to replace both of the switches with dimmer switches?
Does it work the same for the recessed cans in the kitchen that have three switches operating them?
I guess bottom line question here is, can all the switches on a simple light circuit be replaced with dimmers?
Any info. would be GREAT!
Thanks, John
Old 05-21-02, 01:42 PM
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To dim a light from multiple locations takes a smart dimmer system like Lutron's Maestro or Faedra. Lightolier and other brands have something similar. One of the dimmers will be the master and the others (up to 9 with Maestro) are remotes that talk to the master. You use the same number of wires but the configuration is different than the three way switches you have now. Directions are available on the web as PDF files and of course come with the dimmers. Match your type of lighting and wattage with the correct dimmer. Maestros are decorator style while Faedra dimmers fit toggle style wall plates. Faedra is new and has some goodies built in. You actually need to read the operating directions to discover some of the features of this neat dimmer.

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