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Old 07-01-2008, 09:34 AM   #1
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Three-way Dimmer With Two Fixtures


I tried installing a dimmer on a three-way circuit that controls two lighting fixtures yesterday. When I flipped the power back on and tested the installation, only one of the two fixtures was dimming. I thought maybe I had misidentified the common wire, so i shut everything down and and switched the wires - but the same thing still happened.

Anyone know why this might be happening? Could this lighting circuit possible be wired wrong?

I'm only good enough with the electrical DIY stuff to trust myself not to get electricuted or burn the house down. Beyond that, I'm quite the novice...

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Old 07-01-2008, 10:57 AM   #2
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You did use a three way dimmer right?

Did this three way work before? If it did and all you did was replace a switch I would double check and make sure everything is connected as it was before.

Your Quote; "I tried installing a dimmer on a three-way circuit that controls two lighting fixtures yesterday".

Could you be a bit more specific. Look at your statement above. Can you see why I am a bit confused?


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Old 07-01-2008, 11:02 AM   #3
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yes - it was a three way dimmer. two black wires on one side and a white one on the other. I hooked it up exactly the same way as the old switch. and like i said, i even switched the two black ones, thinking that I might have used the wrong one as the "common" but it did exactly the same thing both ways...
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you don't have compact flouresent bulbs in the one that won't dim do you?
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Old 07-02-2008, 05:33 AM   #5
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Ah ha! Yes I do... I didn't even think of that. That'll do it, huh?
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Old 07-02-2008, 12:13 PM   #6
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Now that was fast thinking jimmy. Good job.

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