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Old 12-04-2011, 09:12 AM   #1
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Installing chandelier exsiting dimmer switch.


There r 3 black, 3 white and 1 red wires. I hooked up black and white wire from chandelier and have power but no dimmer switch. Please help!

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How was the old fixture wired?
I assume to the whites and the red. Try that.
Make sure you ground it properly.

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There wasnt anything there. Just the box. Three twisted together black wires and 3 twisted together white and one single red wire. I connected the white to white and the other to black. The chandelier has power, but its not controlled by the dimmer switch. ugh.
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There wasnt anything there. Just the box. Three twisted together black wires and 3 twisted together white and one single red wire. I connected the white to white and the other to black. The chandelier has power, but its not controlled by the dimmer switch. ugh.
OK, like I said, try the red instead of the black group.
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Ok, so hooking up to red makes the dimmerswitch capable of turning the chandelier off and on. But it will not dim?? ugh.
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Bad dimmer then.
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Saw it working when the previous owner had a fixture there. I wonder if the dimmer switch is wired backwards? Would it still work but not dim? Thanks for your help bud.
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No, it is doesn't matter how it is wired. Typically dimmers have just two black wires.

Most dims are pretty sensitive. Any shorts or sparks can kill them.
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if you have CFL bulbs in the fixture, they must be a special dimming type, also.

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