Dimmers yet again


Old 02-26-05, 10:29 PM
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Dimmers yet again

Ive read some of the other posts and I think they answered my questions, but I guess im looking for confirmation before I start messing with it.

I want to replace a switch with a Lutron glider. I bought a Single pole dimmer (at first I thought I bought the wrong one, but now Im not sure)
The switch im replacing is in a box with 2 other dimmers (for a ceiling fan and kitchen light) The switch has 2 black wires and a white wire and a ground.

The other dimmers dont have any of the white wires connected to them.
The white wires are twisted together with a wire nut, except for the on this switch.

As I understand it: I need to unhook the white wire and tie it off with the other white wires, then connect the ground to the other grounds.
Then connect the 2 black wires from the original switch to the 2 black wires on the back of the dimmer....doesnt matter which order.

that should work....Right?

Thanks for the help and confirmation

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Old 02-27-05, 12:57 AM
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Look at it as if your replacing a switch. not rewiring.

If your new dimmer has only two connections.
you wire it the same way your old switch is wired.
Use the same wires that are connected to the switch the same way.
Don't move any wires.

A white wire connected to a switch is a switched hot wire. (aka. black)
most of the time you will see a black mark or tape to indicate that it is no longer a white neutral wire.
If that does not help you will need to answer the questions.

Is the two black wires connected to each other on the switch ?
if so keep them together.

How many screws on your old switch.

How many wires are on your new dimmer
What are the colors.
Old 02-27-05, 08:56 AM
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the old switch has the black wires on one side(top and bottom) and the white on the other side (bottom)
The switch is the only control for the light, but its in a box with 2 other switches.

Do I need a three way dimmer switch. The instructions all say hook up the red wire....There are no red wires only black and white.

Thanks for your help

Old 02-27-05, 04:42 PM
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I don't know if its a 3-way switch.
A 3-way switch will control a second item or connect to a second 3 way switch.

does the switch have a built in night light ?

is the old switch an old dimmer type switch ?

does the white wire connect back to the other white wires ?

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