Replacing a Dimmer With A Light Switch


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How To Replace a Dimmer Switch with a Light Switch: Wiring a Light Switch to Replace a Dimmer Switch.


Dimmer Switch to a Light Switch

 Electrical Question: I have a dimmer switch that needs replacing.

This electrical wiring question came from: Robert, a Homeowner from Dothan, Alabama.

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

How To Replace a Dimmer Switch with a Light Switch

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a licensed electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a non-aluminum ladder and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and access to the light fixture(s).
Precaution: Identify the light circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

Wiring a Light Switch to Replace a Dimmer Switch

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2 Responses to “Replacing a Dimmer With A Light Switch”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Allen,
    Installing a regular switch will most likely stop the dimming light problem. Keep in mind that CFL lamps must state that they have the capability to dim, and the controlling switch must be compatible with CFL type lamps for the dimming function to work properly.
    I hope this helps,
    Dave

  2. Allen Round says:

    I have four ceiling bulbs on a dimmer switch but the bulbs gradually shut down one by one after being on a few minutes. I don’t really need dimmable lights. Can I install a regular switch? Do I need a special switch for CFL bulbs?