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Old 12-12-2011, 12:21 PM   #16
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Help!! So confused on wiring dimmers!


One of the white wires could be a hot if the feed went into a light first.

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Old 12-12-2011, 12:56 PM   #17
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Thanks Stubbie, that diagram really helped me!!

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Old 12-12-2011, 12:58 PM   #18
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I think all the whites were together..( I wasnt the one that pulled it all apart, so Im not sure..but they do have the whites together for all the normal switches
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Thanks Stubbie, that diagram really helped me!!

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Your welcome ... my off the wall guess is you were tripping your breaker because you were connecting a neutral (white) to your switch. As Speedy said earlier you only needed to connect the two wires that were connected to the regular switches to the 2 blacks of your dimmer and connect the green ground to the metal box. Just put the green under one of the screws with the other grounds.

If all the whites were connected together then only black wires should be connected to your dimmers ... the feed black and then the black that goes to the lights. You have to connect the feed black (power) to all the switches. It is possible you may have more than one feed (power) that's one of the reasons Speedy was telling you to sort out the wires so you know what is feed (power) and what goes to the lighting loads. It is possible you have more than one feed entering that switch box so you need to check.

Looking at your diagram you have a white and black connected to a regular switch is that working properly or tripping the breaker?
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:59 PM   #20
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Your off the wall guess was Bang On!! The white did get connected to the Dimmer, so it not only blew the breaker but BOTH Dimmers !! I had a electrician look at it, he pigtailed off the hot, and then black to black and all works fine now
Expensive lesson learned, but worth having it safe and done right!!
Thanks again for your help

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