# Installing Two 3 Way Dimmer Switches

 Is it possible to have two three way dimmer switches? How to Make Two 3-Way Dimmer Switches Work Together. © By: Dave Rongey

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3 Way Dimmer Switches and Compatibility
[ad#block] Electrical Question: Is it possible to have two three way dimmer switches?

I want to know if its possible to put two dimmer switches on one light.

• I really would like to see a diagram of it where the dimmer will be on the end of the circuit.

Thanks a Bunch
Cory

This electrical question came from: Cory, a Handyman in Indiana.

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## How to Make Two 3-Way Dimmer Switches Work Together

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 andÂ  Tag it with a Note before working with the dimmer switch wiring.

• Two dimmers may be installed to control one or more lights as long as the dimmer switches are compatible with each other, such as one being the Master, and the other being the Slave.
• The key here is that you cannot install standard 3 way dimmer switches.
• Three way switch wiring diagrams can be found using the resources that follow.

#### The Following will assist you with your electrical question:

• 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.
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3 Way Switch Diagram

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• In response to the requests for this information, I have developed a comprehensive,step-by-step guide designed to walk you through the identification and wiring of your 3-way switches.

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4 Responses to “Installing Two 3 Way Dimmer Switches”
1. Dave Rongey says:

Hi Mark, Great Question!
Overlamping is the term used by some to describe when a light bulb is installed into a light socket that is larger then the specified size, or the rated size according to the UL Approval for the light socket or the light fixture. Overlamping can cause the light fixture to overheat and could very well become a dangerous fire hazard. Therefore, overlamping is not encouraged, and should be avoided.
I hope this helps you,
Dave

2. Mark Anderson says:

What is overlamping?

3. Dave Rongey says:

Hi Andries,
You may be referring to 3-way switches, otherwise it would be good to know more about the type of switches you are referring to. Some intermittent switches work with a control latching circuit which actives a lighting relay. Please take a look at the Control Relay pages found here, which may be helpful. If you could provide more information it would be very helpful.
Thanks!
Dave

4. andries says:

Good day, I just want to know do you maybe have a diagram for 2way intermittent switching with 2 dimers?
Thank you, hope you have a good day!