I'm trying to wire in a dimmer switch for my living room but the process isn't going as smoothly as I had hoped.
The light switch I am trying to replace only controls a single light fixture on the ceiling, as such, I purchased a single-pole dimmer switch for this application.
The dimmer switch I have has 2 black wires and one green wire. It's a Diva which is made by Lutron.
The junction box is where I run into the problem. It has 3 sets of wires coming into it. Each set of wires has a black wire, white wire, and a bare copper wire.
The white wires are all connected using a plastic twist cap thing and the bare copper wires are all connected using a plastic twist cap thing as well. This leaves me with 3 black wires to connect to the dimmer switch.
To this point, I've tried all possible combinations, but it never works properly. I always end up with one of the following scenarios:
1) Nothing works properly,
2) The living room works properly with the dimmer switch but the kitchen light stops working, or
3) The living toom light doesn't work at all but the kitchen light works with the dimmer switch.
My house is approximately 8 years old so I can only assume that the wiring was put in properly and the former tennants didn't mess around with the wiring.
Any thoughts on this one? I don't want to sit in the dark for much longer.
PS - I just checked the old switch and it has two of the black wires connected to the bottom (one in the hole and the other on the screw) with the third wire connected to the top.
The old switch doesn't have a green ground screw either.