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Old 11-23-2011, 04:53 PM   #1
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Replace a 3 wire with a 3 wire toggle switsh


I need to replace a three wire dimmer with a three wire toggle switch

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Find the common wire, make sure you connect it to the common screw, then put on the other two wires.

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Find the common wire, make sure you connect it to the common screw, then put on the other two wires.
Thank you but how do I identify the common wire? The existing dimmer has one black connected to a white and two reds one to a red and one to a black.
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Because of the wide variety of ways in which 3 way switches are wired up, you will need to describe all of the wires and how they are grouped (the various cables) and how they used to be wired up, in both the dimmer switch location (box) and the remote switch location (box).

In some 3 way dimmer setups the wires are not called common and traveler but instead are called hot, neutral, and control.
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The odd colour wire on the dimmer will be the common. In your case the one black is the common and the two reds are the travellers. So put the white wire on the common(black) screw and the red and black on the other two screws.
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