Can you wire 2 dimmer switches together?
Two dimmers may be installed to control one or more lights as long as the dimmer switches are compatible with each other, such as one being the Master, and the other being the Slave. The key here is that you cannot install standard 3 way dimmer switches.
How many wires do I need for a dimmer switch?
There will be three wires: one black, one white, and a separate ground wire that may be bare copper or is sometimes wrapped in green. Identify the different colored wires, and use needle-nose pliers to attach the wires to the dimmer in the same way they had been attached to the switch (Image 1).
Can you have 2 dimmer switches on one light?
You can only have one dimmer per group. You can put the dimmer at either location, but not both locations. There are “companion” dimmers available from some companies, that allow you to place additional dimmers in the circuit.
Do both switches need to be 3 way dimmer?
You will need a three-way dimmer and a three-way switch. This lets you dim from one location and turn the lights on and off from another. If only one switch controls the light, purchase a single-pole dimmer. If two switches control a single light or a group of lights, you will need a three-way dimmer.
Can you hook up a dimmer switch to a light that is controlled by two different switches?
With a standard single-pole dimmer, a single switch controls the light. With a three-way dimmer, you can control a light with two switches. You will need a three-way dimmer and a three-way switch. This lets you dim from one location and turn the lights on and off from another.
What is the common wire on a 2 way switch?
When wiring a 2-way switch circuit, all you’re really doing is controlling the power flow (Switching off/on) to the load (a light, lamp, outlet, ceiling fan etc..) Now a typical circuit will contain a 3-wire cable known as romex. The cable consist of a black wire, a white wire and a bare copper wire.
Does it matter which wire goes where on a dimmer switch?
Unless the new dimmer is specifically marked with LINE and LOAD or similar, it doesn’t matter which wire goes to which screw/pigtail in a simple two wire switch or dimmer. Since your new switch can be used as a three way, the instructions should say which screw should not be used.