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How To Connect Dimmer Switch Wiring for Replacement Fixtures

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Wire a Dimmer Switch Wiring for Light Fixtures: Basic Wiring for Light Switches and Dimmers, Identify Switch Box Wires.

Wiring a Dimmer Switch

Electrical Question: I am trying to replace a ceiling fan with a chandelier light fixture.

Please help.

This electrical wiring question came from: David , a Homeowner from Stow, Ohio.
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Dave ‘s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical troubleshooting question David.

How to Wire a Dimmer Switch Wiring for Light Fixtures

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
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 wiring.
Notice: Installing additional fixture wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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2 Responses to “How To Connect Dimmer Switch Wiring for Replacement Fixtures”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Camille,
    Unfortunately, this is not a straight forward simple matter due to the number of wires in the fixture box. However, to understand which wires attach to the light fixture an electrician uses a voltage tester to identify the circuit wires, then the wires which connect to the switch must be identified between the ceiling light fixture box and the wall switch. Once this is understood the proper wiring connections can be made for the wall switch, and the wires for the light fixture.
    I hope this helps you,

  2. Camille says:

    We had an electrician remove our existing chandelier (on a dimmer switch) and he capped the white, black and red (separately). The new chandelier arrived with 2 black wires. We have 2 white wires, 2 black wires, a red wire, and the ground. What wire goes with what? Help, the first attempt the switch wouldn’t turn off the light, the 2nd attempt it tripped.
    Thank you.