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Dimmer Switch Wiring and 3-Way Switches

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Wire Dimmer Switches and 3Way Switches: Electrical Tips about Wiring 3Way Dimmers and Switches.

Wiring 3-Way Dimmer Switches

Electrical Question: If you install a 2-way dimmer into a 3-way switch does this create any problem?

Thanks, Ryan

This electrical question came from: Ryan , a Homeowner from Parsippany, New Jersey.

Additional Comments: Thanks!

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Ryan .

How to Wire Dimmer Switches and 3-Way Switches

Application: Wiring Dimmer Switches.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the light circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the dimmer switch wiring.
Materials: Make sure the replacement dimmer switch has the same amperage and voltage rating as the original switch, and is fully compatible with the electrical circuit, the light fixture and the type of light bulbs being used. The dimmer switch must be rated for the amount of watts that will be controlled.

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