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you can only have one dimmer, the other switch needs to be not a dimmer. the green wire is ground, it connects to a bare copper wire found in the box, or to the box itself, if the box is metal. the black wire is"common" it either connects to the wire found in the box that has power in it or to the black wire that goes to the light. the 2 red wires are"travelers" they connect to the wires found in the box that go from switch to switch. if you don't know how to check which wire does what( continuity), it is possible to keep changinging the connections until the switch works. you will want to do this with a conventional switch, and install the dimmer afer you identify what wires are travelers and wich are common. you will destroy a dimmer switch by searching for the right connection. once you have identified the common wires, it will be on the black screw of a 3way switch; you can put that wire on the black wire of the dimmer. one red goes on one traveler, the other on another traveler. there might be a white wire in the box, if it is connected to other white wires and not to the switch, leave it alone. if a single white wire is connected to old switch, it may be a traveler.you will connect a red dimmer wire to this. opening the other switch location will show you if the white wire is used as a traveler.the black wire has to be either power coming in, or the wire going to the light. the reds are just connecting the 2 switches.

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Q: How do you wire a 3-way dimmer switch that has two red wires and one black and one green?
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How do you wire a 3 way dimmer switch that has two black wires and one green?

If the dimmere only has 2 black wires and one green, it's not a three way.


How do you install a dimmer switch black wire red wire and green wire to some existing black and black wires?

Remove the old single pole switch. Connect the green dimmer wire to the ground wire. Now connect the black dimmer wire to the black wire that is the hot wire (wire carrying the electrical current into the box). Connect the red dimmer wire to the other black wire.


Why does a dimmer switch have 2 red wires?

That could mean that it is for a 3 way application. Should have 2 red 1 black 1 green.


How do you install a dimmer switch black wire black wire and green wire to some existing black white wire?

Sounds like you are are installing a single pole switch (your load is controlled from one location only). If your existing switch is hooked up to a black and a white wire you are dealing with a switch loop and that white wire is being used as a hot wire. Make sure the circuit breaker is off of course, and hook up the black wires on your dimmer to the existing black and white wires on the original switch (polarity doesnt matter here) the green wire on the dimmer is a ground and should be hooked to a bare copper wire or green wire in the box if it is there.


Dimmer switch that has one black wire connected to the left side and two black wires connected to the right side of the switch How do you connect these wires if you want to just install a regular flip?

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How do you wire a 3-way dimmer switch that has two red wires and one black and one green when the box has two red and two black?

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How do you wire a dimmer with black and green wires to black and white wires?

Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz supply service.If this is a replacement from an existing wall switch to a new dimmer switch to replace the old wall switch, this is what you need to do. The two wires that were connected to the switch are removed and reconnected to the new dimmer. Don't worry about the white wire as it is not a neutral in this occasion. The white wire is a switch leg and as such it should have been identified by a piece of black tape wrapped around it to identify it as a current carrying conductor. The green wire from the dimmer switch is a ground and is connected to the ground terminal in the switch box.As always, if you are in doubt about what to do, the best advice anyone should give you is to call a licensed electrician to advise what work is needed.Before you do any work yourself,on electrical circuits, equipment or appliances,always use a test meter to ensure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized.IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY SURE YOU CAN DO THIS JOBSAFELY AND COMPETENTLYREFER THIS WORK TO QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS.


Is it possible to wire a dimmer switch off another dimmer switch for a completeley different light?

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How do you install a dimmer switch black wire black wire and green wire to some existing black white wires?

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