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Give me a minute or rwo to look up the dimmer
Pictures may help but first how many locations is the light switched from?
10-4, thanks. Is the switch that you want to replace still installed or already removed? If still installed, a picture of rhe wiring on it would be good. Thanks
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OK, couldn't see what I actually needed. What color wires do you have loose at the box?
No but picture should suffice, picture of wiees that are disconnected
I still can see all of the wires that came off of the old switch. I have a couple of questions on what I can see there is a yellow wire that appears to be connected to two black wires. Can you tell me where thise two black wires go? 2) so, does that leave a red and two blacks to connect to the new dimmer?
FYI - the white wire will not be used for this dimmer.
All makes sense except the two black wires connected to the yellow wire. I understand that the yellow is only a jumper, clear on that. For a 3-way setup which is the common name when a light is switched from two locations, you would nirmally only have three conductors on the switch. 1-a hot or return to the light fixture (in your case it is a hot from the black bundke) 2-a red 3-another black or a white (in your case it would be black BUT not two blacks connected together, that's a problrm) Without getting this issue resolved, the dimmer will not work. Then...after getting the wiring correct this particular dimmer has to be programmed.
Lets try this - a black and a red should be in the same cable/sheath. It should be one of the two blacks connected to the yellow. Find that black, isolate it, and we can proceed from there.
Your last picture brings up another question, the cable with red & black also has a gray (instead of usual white). Where does the gray connect?
I am at a loss now. Very little of what I have seen looks standard. The gray that is terminatied should be connected to the whites to give the fixture a neutral.
Do you know where the other 3-way switch is and can you remove it from the wall and send a picture of it & the wiring in the box please. Thank you
Do not disconnect any wiring at the other switch
Yes, the other switch that operates this light
The dimmer, nor any other regular dimmer will work on your existing system because this second switch is actually a remote control, not a 3-way switch. Additionally, you can only use one dimmer on a set of lights. The only thing that will work with it is the old dimner/switch that you removed if it still works or one identical to it. Else, reconfiguring the connections will be required.
If you want to continue down this path you will need to purchase a standard 3-way switch for the second location. Get it, then I can share how to wire it then we can go from there. If you do, be sure to get a few (4-6) wire nuts, preferably Tan Twisters or some red wire nuts.
Yes, just a plain 3-way switch from Lowe's/Home Depot/ or local hardware store. Should not cost more that $2- $3
Yes, that's correct
OK, over at the other location is where the new 3-way will go. There is a black screw on the new switch, the gray wire goes there, the other two go on the other terminals, doesn't matter which one on which terminal
No, the gray wire should be placed under the wire nut with the hot wires coming in to the othere switch. When adding it there, remove the loose black pigtail that went to the othere switch. When complete this will leave the red & black that are in the cable with the gray wire and an additional black. Get to that point and let me know. Thanks
The loose ground should be connected to the other grounds in the box
A 3-way switch can only have three terminals plus a ground tetminal. If there are any additional terminals, it is not a 3-way switch.
Yes, ok, so we have a 3-way switch. Let me know when it is wirwd per above, thanks
Yes under red wire nut and remove loose jumper
You said -I might need a little more clarification. So there's a tan and wire nut that has the yellow wire from the dimmer switch, hey black wire that travels with the gray and red wire and a black wire that goes to the red wire not with what I think are the "hot" wires?
I do not understand all of this.
I do understand that the black and red wire that are in the cable with the gray wire should not be connected to anything at this point
There should be a red wire and two black wires. Cap off the white, it will not be used
A while ago there were two blacks connected to the yellow wire. You should have both of those blacks and one red with a new dimmer and no connections on it. One of the blacks and the red are together in the same cable as the gray.
If you connected rhe other black wire that I am speaking of to the bundle of blacks and turn on the breaker, the light woyld probably be on without a means of turning it off except with the breaker.
The yellow wire (which is still connected to a black wire to lengthen it) should not be connected to anything. Please disconnect it and get to a point where you have 3 loose wires, one black and one black that has a yellow jumper connected, and one red
If you look above the only instructions about connecting to the red wire nut was the gray wire, not an additional black wire. I also asked at that time that the short black pigtail under the red wire nut be removed
Last chance, in one of rhe pictures there were two black wires connected to the yellow wire. Did you turn the breaker on to see if the light comes on?
So...what happened to the second black wire. I believe you got it mixed into the bundle with all of the black hots.
I hope the very best for you, good luck