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Question – Dimmer Switches – Part 1

When lights that are on dimmer switches don’t work, make sure you understand the difference between Master and Slave dimmer switches.

 

I purchased two Lutron Maestro MA – 1000 dimmers switches. I included pictures of the way I wired them. Power is at both switches. No lights.

Here’s what I believe the problem is based upon what you explained:
You were sold the Lutron MA-1000 Dimmers. You cannot use both of these dimmers together for the same fixtures. Rather you need to exchange one of them to be a MA-R. I retrieved this information off of Lutron’s Website, they may also be reached at: 1-800-523-9466.

Lutron has a great line of dimmers. Make sure you are purchasing the right dimmers for your application. There are a lot of different makes and styles of dimmers to choose from depending on your desired type of control, and depending on your exact fixture lamps.

Here is the info from Lutron:
Lutron MA-1000|Incandescent Maestro Preset Smart Dimmer 1000W The MA-1000 Dimmer from Lutron. **For multi-location dimming, use (1) Lutron MA-1000 and the Lutron MA-R in place of your 3-way and 4-way switches. The MA-R Dimmer from Lutron. This accessory dimmer is used with the standard Maestro Dimmers for multi-location dimming. Use in place of your 3-way and 4-way switches. Features a clean, flush, stylish appearance.

Dimmer Switches – Part 2


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