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Old 11-01-2010, 10:33 PM   #1
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does anybody know if a double switch with at least one of the two switches being a 3way dimmer exists? i know there are double switches with one or both of the switches being 3ways, but not sure if i can get one where one of the 3 ways is a dimmer (or both). THANKS

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what do you mean by "double switch". Most switches are individual units but there are switches the fit within a receptacle cover plate where there are 2 switches connected on one strap.

I don't know of any of that style of switches that are 3 way let alone dimmers as well. Dimmers are always separate from what I have seen.

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I have not see that kind of thing at all the double three way dimmer set up at all.

Normally the Dimmers are seperated item.

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nap, that picture is exactly what im looking for except for one (or both) of the switches to be a 3way and a dimmer.
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I am 99+% sure you will not find a dimmer in such a configuration. A dimmer simply takes more space than that allows.

While I have never seen a 3 way in that configuration, I cannot say with certainty there is no such animal but I don't think there is.

You would likely have to change the box so you have room for all your devices.
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Nap, they did make those switches in 3 way and single pole.
It has been years since I needed one.
It took me 2 weeks to get it from the supply house.
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Nap, they did make those switches in 3 way and single pole.
It has been years since I needed one.
It took me 2 weeks to get it from the supply house.
no wonder I haven't seen one.



So, apparently they do make a 3 way (or at least did) and it sounds like an electrical supply house would be where to start looking.
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Bought one of them at HD yesterday.

http://www.homedepot.com/Electrical-...atalogId=10053

Had been looking for one with a dimmer, but as has been discussed, no such beast exists.

What I really wanted was a 4 gang with toggle 3 way dimmer/single pole toggle/duplex receptacle/duplex receptacle. All was good until I looked for a wall plate. Only found brass and stainless. And lots of $.

So settled for this. The 3 way dimmer will be at the other end of the room.
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Bought one of them at HD yesterday.

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well color me embarrassed.
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well color me embarrassed.
Hey, Nap, no reason to be embarrassed. I learn 10 or 11 new things everyday. Usually Cliff Claven type things, though...

Maybe you can answer this for me.

The switch I linked to is Leviton model 05241. It has a ground screw.

On Leviton's site it is model 5241 and is listed as non-grounding.

http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/ibeCC...2:US&item=8884

In what circumstances would you want it in a non-grounding configuration?

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I believe they are talking about it being what I call self-grounding. That is where the screws that hold the device in place are legally acceptable as grounding the device if attached to a metal box. Obviously that is not beneficial if using plastic boxes. If self grounding, you do not have to attach an egc to the switch (although I always do anyway cuz I;m anal)

in this pic, note the brass flaps the attaching screws pass through. That allows the screws to be used as the egc to the yoke.

by code, an egc must be connected to the switch in some way.


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