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Old 07-21-2009, 07:18 PM   #1
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Wiring a Lutron remote off and on


Hello folks. I am new here and first time posting and I do hope someone can answer my question.

My wife needs to have a light turned on now, before getting out of bed during the night. I went and purchased a Lutron Remote Control dimmer. This switch has 2 empty terminals and a green length of ground wire.

On one side of the room at the door there are 3 dimmer switches controlling 3 different sets of light fixtures. On the other side at the door to the balcony where I need to put in the switch for the remote dimmer, there are 2 switches encased in a double faceplate. One is a single on/off for a single light on the bedroom balcony and the other is a single off/on switch that controls one of the sets of light fixtures I mentioned that is also controlled by a dimmer at the bedroom entrance door. First I switched off the breaker that controls the bedroom lights.I then removed this face plate to hook up the remote and now I am lost because of what i found.At this point i figured it would be a simple b to b and w to w and screw on the green ground.

I pulled both switches away from the box and I have the following. There are 2 white wires tied together with a Marrette. The switch that controls the balcony light is wired with 2 Black wires.The second one where i need the Lutron is wired on one side with a Black and a RED and a White on the other. There are NO wires connected to the GREEN ground terminals from either of the current switches

So, can I remove this switch with the 3 wires and wire in the Lutron remote dimmer to this box? If it can be done would someone be kind enough to post instructions for me.

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Old 07-21-2009, 07:28 PM   #2
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The switch in question is likely a 3 way switch.

Switches in two locations control one light or group of lights.

I think you will need a 3 way remote (if they make it) to accomplish what you want.

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Old 07-22-2009, 04:28 AM   #3
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LuTron makes a 3-way remote controlled Maestro device. I have them in my living room, enabling me to dim the lights down after I get situated in my easy chair for some serious TV viewing.

You will have to buy the set of 2 units (master+slave) and install them at both locations in your bedroom. The remotely controlled unit can be installed at either end of the switching loop. Catalog number is MIR-603THW-xx where the xx = color selection. A white one would be MIR-603THW-WH.

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Thank you for your replies. I have decided to connect the remote to another one of the 3 sets of fixtures in the bedroom. This switch is currently a dimmer and is wired into the box beside the bedroom door that contains 3 dimmers. One controls 3 lights by itself, the second is a 3 way that consists of the dimmer and an on/off at the balcony door-the one I was intending to connect the remote to in the first post I made.The third dimmer just controls the other string of 3 lights.

So-I turned off the breaker first. Then removed the triple faceplate and pulled out the dimmer I want to replace and found another wiring setup I didn't want to touch. This dimmer has 2 black wires coming out the bottom left. One is connected to a thicker black wire by itself and the other is connected to to the wires that are tied into the other two dimmers.The remote dimmer I want to hook up has a single green ground and two empty terminals.

Any thoughts and/or direction would be appreciated.
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So-I turned off the breaker first. Then removed the triple faceplate and pulled out the dimmer I want to replace and found another wiring setup I didn't want to touch. This dimmer has 2 black wires coming out the bottom left. One is connected to a thicker black wire by itself and the other is connected to to the wires that are tied into the other two dimmers.The remote dimmer I want to hook up has a single green ground and two empty terminals.
That is a normal switch/dimmer setup. The two black wires on the existing dimmer are equivalent to the two screw terminals on your new dimmer. Take that "thicker black wire" and connect it to one terminal on your new dimmer. Take the other wire from the existing dimmer, cut it off near the dimmer so it's long enough to use, strip it, and connect it to the other terminal on your new dimmer.

The single black wire connected to the existing dimmer is a "switch leg", or the wire that goes out to the light fixture. The other wire on the existing dimmer (which is connected in common with all the other dimmers) is the incoming hot wire which supplies power.

You must also connect the ground wire. There should be a bunch of bare copper ground wires connected together in the box, too. Connect your green ground wire to those.
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Thanks mpoulton. Worked like a charm. So refreshing to see people give of their time in helping others.

Cheers to you all.

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