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Old 12-11-2011, 07:52 PM   #1
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I recently renoed my basement and had electricians in to redo everything, including installing a new panel. I installed 10 pot lights and told the electricians that I would like to have them on 2 dimmer switches. They installed 2 normal switches until the drywall was finished. The drywall is now finished, and I want to install 2 dimmers now, but everything I tried keeps blowing the breaker(the dimmers I am installing are LUTRON Diva 120v dimmers. I know 6 potlights were on one switch and 4 on the other. I think they had all the neutral wires nutted, but not sure. The dimmers have 2 black wires and 1 green, Please help
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WHY didn't you simply take the two wires off each switch and put them on the two wires from the dimmer???

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You need to identify the wires to the lights and the feeds.
Why is there a 3-gang box? What is the other switch/cable for?
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Why are the whites spliced that way? There is no need for a jumper between the whites.
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The 3rd slot is for another ordinary light switch, forgot to mention that, sorryy
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After several tries, I just wire nutted everything and shut it all off. I think the whites were all together before
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OK, I have figured out the lights and the feeds, now, how do I hook it up?
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One feed and one light to each dimmer.
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OK, but what about the whites....do I wire them all together or leave them seperated?
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OK, but what about the whites....do I wire them all together or leave them seperated?
The whites are normally neutral,
Not all dimmers need a neutral.
Just leave the whites capped.
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Is that really one EGC to a screw at the back of the box. If so, this installation violates the free conductor rule.

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Is that really one EGC to a screw at the back of the box. If so, this installation violates the free conductor rule.

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The Op is in Canada. Their rules might be different.
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I did notice that the OP was in Canada, but I'm having a hard time accepting that a 1.5" conductor would be legal up north.

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Not sure what an EGC is, but I do know they screwed the grounds to the back of the box, had all the whites wirenutted together. When my friend took it apart, there was 2 black pig tails and one white.....,

Thank you for all of your help, I will try it one more time but will call an Electrician if it doesn't work.....
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This is the lutron wiring diagram for the DIVA single pole
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