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Old 07-01-2012, 11:47 PM   #1
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Im going to explain this best I can so bear with me. I have 4 recessed lights in my living room and 2 dimmer switches that controls 2 lights each. Each switch is at other ends of the room. I was wanting to put a master switch at the most used side of the room and the slave at the other. So would the master turn on all the lights. But also can i still if i wanted control the lights separate and only turn on 2 lights at a time. Hope that makes sense. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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I can't think of a way to do it using standard materials the specific way you are describing. The best I can suggest is install a 3 way switch/dimmer for each set of lights.

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These are the dimmers i was gonna use. Maybe this will be what your talking about.

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http://www.lowes.com/pd_47049-334-AI...RL=&facetInfo=


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http://www.lowes.com/pd_71509-334-AR...RL=&facetInfo=
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No, two separate switches at the point you use the most. One for each set of 2 lights.

The dimmers you provided a link to control the same lights at different locations. Standard dimmers don't allow this option...that is why you would need to get these special dimmers that allow dimming options at multiple locations.
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I understand now thanks so much for helping me before i spent money and time trying to get something to work that wouldnt of. Im just updating all the switches around the house with new ones the switches are the same ones that have been here for near 30 years figured time for new. Ill just put in some new dimmers just basic ones. Thanks again.
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One other question. I decided on the Lutron Maestro for my dimmers but ive noticed there are dimmers designed for fans. Do i have to get one that is designed for fans or can i just use the Lutron Maestro for the fan also. Thanks
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only if you actually want a fan speed control. if just the light kit a standard dimmer will work
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Picked up the switches today and ended up going with Cooper Wiring i tested them in the store with a display they had setup and just liked the cooper alot better. With the new dimmer is fades the lights on and off. My question is if i go with a CFL floodlight will i still get the fade on feature like i would with a halogen bulb. Hope that makes sense. Thanks.
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Most CFL lamps are not dimmable at all.

I wouldnt plan on any 'fade' features working
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switch on the left controls all 4 lite, switch on the right controls the first two lites
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Look at that diagram carefully...no matter which switch you flip on, all 4 lights will come on.
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Look at that diagram carefully...no matter which switch you flip on, all 4 lights will come on.

Good call. What was I thinking.

Disregard above diagram.
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Im going to explain this best I can so bear with me. I have 4 recessed lights in my living room and 2 dimmer switches that controls 2 lights each. Each switch is at other ends of the room. I was wanting to put a master switch at the most used side of the room and the slave at the other. So would the master turn on all the lights. But also can i still if i wanted control the lights separate and only turn on 2 lights at a time. Hope that makes sense. Any help is greatly appreciated.
This product will work, Lutron Pico Buy two of them... if you really want all four lights to come on at once, you would have to buy just the pico and program it to turn on both master switches, a waste IMO, just wall mount the two picos and hit both 'ON' buttons at once.



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http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003U8Y9QA/...hvptwo=&hvqmt=

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Just wanted to thank yall once again for all yalls help. I was on another forum and it seemed like i was bothering them with questions. Everyone here is great and happy help someone out. Thanks again.

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