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Old 06-12-2008, 08:20 PM   #1
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Just moved to Canada from UK....trying to put dimmer in and have come a bit stuck as there are so many wire colours black white green red and copper!!!!from my research so far i understand i should wrap the green to the copper......but then i have 2 black wires from the dimmer.....how do i know which black wire to connect to which black wire on the switch presently....and which black wire to connect to which red wire on the switch?make sense?i shall attach photos...thanks in advance
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Old 06-12-2008, 08:37 PM   #2
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Relax. Remove the switch (kill the power first of course). Connect one of the dimmer black wires (it doesn't matter which) to the red wire that was on the switch. Now connect the remaining black wire to that other black wire that was on the switch. Make the connections with wirenuts. Power up and you should be golden.

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Old 06-12-2008, 08:53 PM   #3
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I don't mean to be picky here, but what does the dimmer control? Looking at the picture, this is a common way to switch one half of a receptacle. There certainly are other possibilities as well, and I don't know what the codes are in Canada, but here in the USA, I don't believe it's legal to have a dimmer controlling a receptacle. Legal or not, it's really not a good idea to have a receptacle on a dimmer, alot of cord-and-plug stuff needs full voltage, or it'll be damaged. Besides, the smoke will linger for weeks!.

If this switch controls a built-in fixture, then you're fine using a dimmer.

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Good point, Rob. I guess I just assumed that this was for a light fixture.

That being said, it should not be anything fluorescent.

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Old 06-12-2008, 09:43 PM   #5
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Thanks for your help.
It only controls the light so i should be fine?Right?
So i will have in total 5 wire nuts?It might be a bit of a squeeze in the hole there as the back of the dimmer is larger than the switch is there any thing else i should be wary of?
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If the black wire from the switch ic connected under the yellow wire nut, you can remove that wire and put the wire from the dimmer there. That will take a wire out of the way.
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Yes i see i will check that i guess that would make it potentially safer too less connections and such
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