Double switch, with one side a dimmer

Old 05-21-21, 07:23 PM
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Double switch, with one side a dimmer

Hi, folks,

I'm trying to retrofit some existing wiring in a new house. I'm looking for a switch product that I'm not sure exists.

Right now, the bedroom has a simple double switch (something like this one: One of the switches controls the overhead fixture, and one controls the switched outlets in the room (for lamps)

What I'd like to do is put in a dimmer for the overhead light (ideally, something LED capable, but I can live without that), while retaining a second "on/off" switch for the outlets. The box is single-gang, and I'd really like to not turn this into a drywalling project, so I can't just whack two separate switches side-by-side in there.

The closest I am coming to what I want is something like a ceiling fan switch, where there's a dimmer for the light and a separate control for the fan motor. Something like this:

The problem I have with the fan switch idea is that every one I've seen has a slider for the fan speed, which I assume means it's effectively dimming that side as well. I'd prefer NOT to dim the outlets - that might be OK if all I ever plug into them is lighting, but I'm worried about what would happen if I accidentally plug something electronic into the outlet.

What I'd really like is a combination of "a dimmer for the overhead, and a simple single-pole switch for the outlets." I've been googling/searching for a little while and can't find such a product. Help appreciated!

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Old 05-22-21, 03:42 PM
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I've never seen one (though that Maestro one is surprising!)

Most of the time you can cut in a double-gang box without requiring any drywall repair. You just have to cut out the single gang gingerly - but it's usually quite easy to do. If you decide to go that direction, post a pic of the box and we can probably give a few suggestions!

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