What is the proper switch and hook up for replacing a dimmer switch?

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What is the proper switch and hook up for replacing a dimmer switch?

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This is my first of (I'm sure many) posts here. I've attached a photo of a switch box. There was a dimmer switch on the right hand side controlling 2 multi-light fixtures in the kitchen. The dimmer switch broke and I was going to replace it with a single (on/off) switch but the double wiring messed me up and I want to make 100% sure I do the right thing.

We don't want a dimmer in there again so I'm hoping some one can tell me what kind of switch I need and how to hook it up with what I have.

The dimmer switch I took out and a green coloured wire coming out of it and screwed in to the metal box (I assume to ground the switch) along with the two black wires you see in the photo connected to the dimmer.

Please have a look at the photo and let me know what you think!

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Old 11-17-13, 01:01 PM
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Just connect the two black wires to a regular SPST switch and install it. What was on the other side of the double box? Which wires came from the original dimmer?
 
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Welcome to the forums.

Any single pole switch will work for you.
The switch will have two screws terminals plus a ground screw.
One black wire will go on each screw.
 
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thanks for the replies guys. I appreciate it.

The left side of the box has a switch with A white, black and red wire attached. That's a second switch for the hallway light.

The dimmer was connected with the two black wires on the right of the box. The two white wires are connected together in the back. The dimmer had a green wire coming out of it that was screwed to the box.

I've got a switch with just 2 screws on it. Can I use that? Or do I need 3 wires?
 
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Your switch has two screw terminals but no green ground screw..... is that correct ?

When I replace switches I use ones that have a ground screw on them and that gets connected to the ground wire in the box.

I don't know if your code mandates a ground tail on devices installed in a metal box.
 
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Old 11-18-13, 08:10 PM
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No ground wire required on switches here in Canada.


The left side of the box has a switch with A white, black and red wire attached. That's a second switch for the hallway light.
That switch is a 3 way and one of 2 which control that hallway light.

Ignore the way it's wired it's not the same type you are needing.



The dimmer was connected with the two black wires on the right of the box. The two white wires are connected together in the back. The dimmer had a green wire coming out of it that was screwed to the box.

I've got a switch with just 2 screws on it. Can I use that?
Yes --- use that switch connected to the 2 black wires -- no other wires needed.



Or do I need 3 wires?
No
 
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Old 11-18-13, 08:14 PM
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Thanks for the info canuk.
 
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My pleasure PJmax

That's one of the few subtle differences between the NEC & CEC.
 
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