Removing 3-wire switch and trying to get dimmer to work


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Old 05-17-17, 07:51 PM
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Removing 3-wire switch and trying to get dimmer to work

I need some help to get my dimmer switch working with my light. I have power coming into the junction box and then leaving to go to a second outlet and the light. The original light was a 3-wired light with a fan, but the new light is just a light, no fan.

How do my wires need to be connected to make this happen? Both outlets continue to work just fine, but I can't get the switch to work with the lights. The dimmer is a Lutron 600w dimmer. Thanks.

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Old 05-17-17, 08:28 PM
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The original light was a 3-wired light with a fan
What does that mean? Did you have a 3-conductor (house) cable at the fan, black, red, white or do you mean the fan had a black, blue, and white wire?
 
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At the light (the fan no longer exists) there is a black, red and white wire.
 
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Old 05-17-17, 08:57 PM
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In your picture are two red wire nuts. Did you remove wires from those splices ?
 
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That is probably the issue. When I was removing the old switch one of the wires broke free and I am not positive if it was connected to one of those splices or if it was just hung up in there.
 
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Old 05-17-17, 09:22 PM
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If it's wired like a normal setup....

You'd connect the white from the three wire cable to the white splice.
Connect one dimmer lead to the black splice.
Connect the other dimmer lead to red or black of the three wire cable depending on which color you attached the light to.

The extra wire in the three wire cable gets capped off.
 
 

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