Removing a dimmer switch from a 3 way circuit


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Old 07-28-21, 03:38 PM
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Removing a dimmer switch from a 3 way circuit

I have a dimmer switch and a regular switch on a 3 way circuit controlling my ceiling recessed lighting. Iím wondering if I can eliminate the 3 way circuit and get rid of my dimmer switch. Is this way more involved than just popping the dimmer switch out and reconnecting the wires leading to it? There are 2 separate groups of wire leading to the dimmer switch one with a red, black and white and the other with just black and white. I wish I could explain it better but I know nothing about wiring. In the picture there are 2 red wires and a black wire coming from the dimmer switch. One of the red wires is connected to the red wire from the group of 3 and the other red is connected to the black of the group of 3. The black wire from the switch is connected to the black wire of the group of 2 wires. The white wires from the group of 3 and 2 are connected.

 
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Old 07-28-21, 06:41 PM
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One of the red wires is connected to the red wire from the group of 3 and the other red is connected to the black of the group of 3.
There are always two traveler wires carrying switch hot back and forth.
So the red and black wires that come from the same cable are the travelers.

With a three way switch/circuit..... the device always has a common terminal. A switch would have a dark colored screw for common and two brass screws for the travelers. A dimmer that uses individual wires would label the common wire. In this case the two red wires are the travelers and the black is common.

Connect the black common dimmer to either traveler wire. Cap the other one off.
So if you connect the black wire from the dimmer to the black wire of the travelers.... that will leave the red wire to be capped off.
 
 

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