24th April 2012 02:13 AM
you mean connect them together as one red wire? you should not do that, that would bypass switch and allow continuous current flow (even if small when dimmer is turned down). so before you do anything like that, is there a switch on the dimmer (under the knob or on the knob)? all my dimmers have switch. if it is a dial instead of slide, switch may be press to toggle. see attached file for 3-way operation. basically toggling either sw1 or sw2 changes light from on to off or off to on. the idea is to place switches far from each other like in a hallway.
when one of switches is replaced by dimmer, that functionality is preserved, only one side of hallway has additional luxury of adjusting the light. so you should be able to toggle the internal switch of the dimmer and try to adjust the brightness. please make sure to use actual lamp with a light-bulb as a test load. dimmers chop the ac sinewave and tat can cause multi-meters to show wrong or meaningless reading.
if you use two red wires (and isolate or cap with marret the black one), i don't expect circuit to work at all but i don't see that posing any risk to dimmer because circuit is current limited by bulb. just make sure that ground is always connected, and insulate any unused wire (red or black).
Last edited by panic mode; 24th April 2012 at 02:18 AM.
24th April 2012 02:42 AM
Really Appreciate the help so far.
Yeah, sorry, meant to say.....can I safe-off the black wire of the dimmer, and try one Red to Black and the other Red to White.
I was not thinking of putting the Reds together, but I appreciate the warning.
Unfortunately there are too many people in the house now for me to continue.
If I were a REAL electrician I would just work on it hot.....but I Am Not.
Will check back tomorrow.
Again, Thank You So Much.....
24th April 2012 02:55 AM
take care when you can focus, better safe than sorry.
installing dimmer is trivial, i did about dozen in my home.
there is nothing else to it, i thing there should be video on lutron's website if you like to explore.
i'd make sure that this box and switch (and nothing else) actually do control that particular outlet - and no other.
also that proper load (incandescent lamp with just a switch - not one that already has own dimmer, or the energy saving ones with built in ballast).
when this is confirmed, install the dimmer per earlier instructions and if it does not work, it may be time to get electrician to look at it.
troubleshooting over distance is not exactly efficient, i can't really see what you have there...
Last edited by panic mode; 24th April 2012 at 02:58 AM.
24th April 2012 06:39 PM
I should have done this sooner....sorry.
I called their tech number and emailed the guy a link to this thread.
He said everything you suggested was right on the mark, and I must have a bad switch.
Got a new switch from Ace Hardware (same model) and everything works as it should.
Sorry to put you through all of that, but I do appreciate your Time/Effort.
24th April 2012 08:20 PM
Glad it worked out. Nice job Panic Mode with the great advice.
Please do not PM me with forum related questions. Let's keep things in the open forum. Thank you.
25th April 2012 01:25 AM
no problem, mission accomplished is always a good news.
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