DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum (http://www.diychatroom.com/)
-   Electrical (http://www.diychatroom.com/f18/)
-   -   3 way circuit (http://www.diychatroom.com/f18/3-way-circuit-39896/)

MikeyP 03-08-2009 02:14 PM

3 way circuit
 
I'd like to install Dimmer, Light, Light, Dimmer. I'm told it can't be done. Is that true?

jbfan 03-08-2009 02:17 PM

If you wire it correctley and use the right dimmers, it will work.

Bob Mariani 03-08-2009 02:25 PM

Why not? I have dimmers on three ways and four ways all over the place. What are you exactly trying to do?

MikeyP 03-08-2009 02:39 PM

Is you search the internet for installing a dimmer switch on 3 way circuit several say you can only use one. The directions also say only one dimmer can be used on a 3 way circuit.

Can you help me with a diagram?

Here's what I'm trying to do:

12/2 power to dimmer to recessed light to 2nd recessed light to 2nd dimmer

Bob Mariani 03-08-2009 02:49 PM

you need three wires between the two switches for a three-way to work. Dimmer or not. Some dimmers can only be dimmed at one end. (low end type) but many can be dimmed at both ends.

rgsgww 03-08-2009 02:53 PM

You need "smarter" dimmers. They are more expensive, but will dim at both ends.

220/221 03-08-2009 03:04 PM

You can do dimmers on both ends with electronic style dimmers. Standard dimmers utilize a mechanical on/off switch which won't allow a second dimmer to function.


Quote:

you need three wires between the two switches for a three-way to work. Dimmer or not.
Not necessarily.

Some master/slave style dimmers require power at both ends and only one control wire between them.

joed 03-08-2009 03:58 PM

You biggest problem is TWO lights between the dimmers. This requires four wires between the lights. Dimmers are wired the same as switches. If you want two dimmers you must buy the type that allows two dimmers to be on the same circuit.

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...etween3way.jpg

Yoyizit 03-08-2009 04:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeyP (Post 241827)
I'd like to install Dimmer, Light, Light, Dimmer. I'm told it can't be done. Is that true?

If one dimmer is on full the other has full control range
if one dimmer is on half the other has control from zero up to half
if I understand your question correctly.

patriot1 03-11-2009 10:59 PM

The MA-600 Dimmer from Lutron. Features a clean, flush, stylish appearance.


Special Features: Two taps on the switch brings lights on to full brightness; press and hold the switch to slowly fade lights to off over 10 seconds
Multi-location dimming from up to 10 locations**
LEDs show preset light level and glow softly to act as night light
Uses standard single-pole and 3-way wiring for easy installation in any home
Power failure memory
Superior RFI suppression
Front accessible service switch (FASS) to disconnect load power
Electrostatic discharge tested
Precise color matching across all controls
Uses Lutron Claro Wallplates (sold seperately)

**For multi-location dimming, use (1) Lutron MA-600 and the Lutron MA-R in place of your 3-way and 4-way switches.

Cannot be used with regular 3-way and 4-way switches


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:53 PM.