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Old 09-30-2014, 03:40 PM   #16
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As I said you need an ELV compatible dimmer. They are quite specialized. It has nothing to do with what they look like, rather, what is inside them. Do you have a neutral connection at the switch Box?
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As I said you need an ELV compatible dimmer. They are quite specialized. It has nothing to do with what they look like, rather, what is inside them. Do you have a neutral connection at the switch Box?
curiousB, thanks so much for your help on this. Yes, the switch box has a neutral connection. I will buy the one you mentioned and give it a shot.

Just as an FYI, the one I have now is a "150w CFL/LED or 600w incandescent/halogen." It is certainly not ELV like the one you showed. So, hopefully that will make the difference!

Here is a picture of what I have now. For some reason, it doesn't mention that it also takes 600w incandescent/halogen, but it says so in the specs.


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Crap. Crap crap crap. I thought I knew what I was doing, but I have no idea. I thought I had a neutral because I saw three wires, but I don't think I do. Can someone help me decipher these wires?

Green = ground
Black = hot
Orange = fixture

Are any of those wires in the back (red and white) considered neutrals?


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The white wires are your neutrals.
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The white wires are your neutrals.
YES! Thank you very very much for the speedy reply.
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White bundle is neutrals
Black bundle is hots.
Orange and yellow wires are switch hots to fixtures.
Green is ground.
Not sure on reds. Most likely another circuit hot wire.
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Please don't assume which colors are which! Get someone who has a meter and the knowledge to fix this problem.
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Two dimmers on two three-way switches will flicker.
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I'm happy to report that the issue has been resolved, though not without some complication. As curiousB rightly concluded, I needed an ELV dimmer to control the 12v halogen bulbs/fixtures. I purchased it off Amazon and wired it up as instructed, using the white cables in the junction box as the neutrals (I needed to pigtail it because I couldn't fit four wires into a single nut).

Here was the scary part, which will show you how little I know about electrical. Despite that the fuse box was switched off for the second bedroom, the neutral wires sparked suddenly when I touched them. I thought it was static, so I touched it again and it gave me a tiny shock. I realized that I had to shut the fuse off in the next-door bedroom in order to shut the current off on that neutral line. No idea why, but I did. Hopefully, I didn't plug the neutral into something that's not actually neutral!

Thanks everyone for the help. Much appreciated.
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Sounds like a multi wire circuit sharing a neutral.
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I'm happy to report that the issue has been resolved

Great stuff. Now baby can sleep well and Mom and dad can check in without turning on the Sun.

Enjoy the little one. They grow up very fast!
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Here was the scary part, ....

Despite that the fuse box was switched off for the second bedroom, the neutral wires sparked suddenly when I touched them. I thought it was static, so I touched it again and it gave me a tiny shock.
You had two (or possibly more) branch circuits going on in this box and you only killed one. When you un-nutted the neutrals one of them was from an active load, probably went open circuit such that it was now feeding line to the white wire (because the white wire lost its return to neutral at the panel).

You're not injured and you didn't damage anything. Chalk it up to experience. Next time get one of those non contact voltage testers and make sure all the relevant breakers are switched off before you start touching the wires.

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