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Old 09-24-2010, 04:36 PM   #1
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The switch on the right is all set, I marked those wires, unfortunately didn't do the same with the dimmer on the left. Not sure where the red, black and white go. This setup is a bit different than I have done before.

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Old 09-24-2010, 04:40 PM   #2
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White should not go to the dimmer.
It looks from your drawing that the red wire is the switchleg.
It should connect to either black wire on the dimmer.
The other black on the dimmer connects to the black wire feeding the other switch.
The white wires do not connect to anything but each other.

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Old 09-25-2010, 02:22 PM   #3
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I connected the wires as suggested.

I have the switch on the right which controls the outside light working and the dimmer switch (single pole slide dimmer leviton) indicator lights up, but the actual light fixture does not.

Any thoughts?
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Old 09-25-2010, 08:12 PM   #4
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Either try to change the bulb or check your white connections. You might have a bad splice
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Old 09-25-2010, 09:08 PM   #5
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I ending up testing the old dimmer switch and sure enough, the new dimmer switch was defective. The old one had the light fixture working again. Will bring both back to make sure I purchased the right one.

Thanks for the help jbfan and dSilanskas. Much appreciated!
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Old 09-25-2010, 11:14 PM   #6
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Not too often the new dimmer fail right out of the box but the main thing when you install the dimmer is make sure you turn off the power off first before you install the dimmer.

Some of them can get damaged by spike or surge with loose connection and I have see it from time to time.

Oh yeah make sure the dimmer wattage rating is big engouh to handle the luminaire load but I know 600 watt verison is most common but if going to be close to 600 bump up to next size larger and follow the instruction carefull with mounting them in.

A tip .,,

IF you feel the dimmer switch very warm some case you may want to change the switch plate from plastic to metal that will act like heat sink to help to keep the dimmer little more cooler.

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Great tip, Marc.

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Just keep your eyes peeled from time to time I will throw a tip along the way in the fourm I am sure few other Electricians in this forum will pass the tip as well to save yourself alot of headache.

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