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When my daughter was a baby, I always had trouble with the light when I would get her in the middle of the night. Turning the overhead light on was far too bright. All the outlets were behind furniture, so a nightlight was out. There wasn't an outlet by the door, so I'd end up fumbling across the room in the dark to turn on the lamp, and even it seemed to bright in the dead of the night.
Our solution was to install a dimmer switch. This allowed me to turn on just the right amount of light to get her out of bed, without blinding us both.
We now have dimmers in all the kids rooms. My youngest uses the overhead on the lowest dimmer setting as a night light, since there isn't a good outlet in his room, and when we did have a nightlight, it always seemed to get left on all day. My husband and I also installed a dimmer in our room. It's great for when my husband wakes up at 5 am. He can turn on just enough light to find his way around without waking me up.
By Stephanie from Hillsboro, OR
Installing a dimmer switch is a quick and easy way to add more control over the lighting in a room. It's very handy, especially at bedtime, to be able to dim the lights a little. I replaced the switch in my son's room and he was able to help quite a bit.
Not all types of lighting is dimmable, fluorescent bulbs, for example. So be sure you have the correct type of lighting before you begin this project.
To save money and help save the environment, install a dimmer switch. Installing a dimmer switch can save energy and extend bulb life. Plus, it's as easy as replacing a light switch. By Kathy
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I installed a dimmer switch to control my overhead ceiling lights, but I did not anticipate that the wall outlets would be controlled by the dimmer switch too. Is there a simple way to separate them so the wall outlet receives the full volume of electrical output while the ceiling lights are dimmed?
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Update: Problem solved! Thank you, secondarycontrol! Thank you Reddit! <3
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LancerDrainI 1 point 1 year ago
I'm looking at your images and the instructions at Fig. 6A2 (you are using a single pole switch, not the 3-way shown in 6B2). You had the bare wire connected to the green wire from the switch. That's right. Then you said you connected the two black wires to the lugs on the same side of the dimmer. That is not what is shown in the instructions you should be using. Use the bottom lugs on both sides of the dimmer box.
Ozner12345 1 point 1 year ago
Nice job! Glad you git it fixed!
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[deleted] -2 points 1 year ago
Hint: Step #4 in the instructions is where you lost it. If you MUST continue on your own.
Hint2: Call an electrician. It isn't necessarily hard, but can be very dangerous if done wrong.
libbykino[S] 1 point 1 year ago
Step 4 appears to be simply disconnecting the old wires, so I'm having trouble understanding where I went wrong there. The directions for "multigang and mixed bulb type installations" suggest that I may have to take all of the switches out and rewire the whole thing, in which case you're right that this is beyond my abilities and I'll need to call someone, but I'm really not convinced that this is my problem.
[deleted] 1 point 1 year ago
Sorry haven't checked this account in a while... Based on symptoms described, you had two wires swapped (and one was your supply wire), did you get it going?
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you need to talkto an electirician . this is not right, the way it was wired in the first place. someone cut corners..... yo cannot be to careful when do ing your own electircal work ...
I am aware that my home's wiring has been missed handled. I bought it from people who purchased for $20,000.00 and flipped it to me for $91,500.00. The city signed off on the wiring. I even contacted the company that did the electrical work and asked them to properly label my fuse box, they sent someone, he came out, added some additional miss-labeling and left. I called the city but they replied that the wiring met their criteria and I could not force the company to correct their improper and, in my opinion, potentially hazardous work. Thank you City of Albany Oregon.