Connecting Dimmer Switch Wiring
I installed a dimmer switch and now my lights in the bathroom will not come or the outlets will not work unless I go into my closet and turn on the light switch: How to Correct Dimmer Switch Wiring Connections.
Dimmer Switch Wiring
Electrical Repair Question: I installed a dimmer switch and now my lights in the bathroom will not come or the outlets will not work unless I go into my closet and turn on the light switch.
- The closet is in the bathroom and the outlets are in the hall.
This electrical repair question came from: Tony, a Homeowner from upper Marlboro, Maryland.
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Thanks for your electrical repair question Tony.
How to Correct Dimmer Switch Wiring Connections
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
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.
Identifying Dimmer Switch Wiring Connections
- It is essential to mark and identify the existing wiring connections before installing or replacing a dimmer switch.
- Depending on your wiring scenario, and what is apparent with your circuit, the electrical wiring may feed through the switch box, therefore these connections must be identified or fully understood.
- This may sound complicated, but in reality it is not when working with the wiring that is found in a conventional home.
- From what you have described, it is very possible that the wiring connections are incorrect and causing a feed back through the closet light fixture.
- If I were called to correct this situation I would begin by using my voltage tester or an ohm meter to identify all of the wiring found in the switch box.
- Once this is understood then I can logically make the connections.
The Following will assist you with Dimmer Switch Wiring
- 3 Way Dimmer Switch Wiring Diagram
- Fully explained 3 way dimmer switch wiring diagram will take the mystery out of wiring a 3-way dimmer switch.
Understanding Electrical Testers
- When working on home electrical wiring using voltage testers can play an important part in electrical safety.
- Electrical testers enable you to identify electrical circuits and help prevent the possibility of accidental electrical shock.
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