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I'm trying to wire up a dimmer...I have 2 black wires in the…

I'm trying to wire...

I'm trying to wire up a dimmer...I have 2 black wires in the box, a green ground and 2 white wires...how do I connect the dimmer?

Contractor's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?

About a month ago my son rewired it and the dimmer got really hot too I opened the box...he's got one black to a black, the other black to the other black (with writing on it) the green to green and the 2 whites not connected to anything, just bug nutted together in the back

Contractor's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

Yes

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How many lights are on the dimmer and what kind of lamps are in the lights?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
It's a chandelier with 12 lights...the dimmer is a new Lutron
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
A Lutron Skylark 600watt...I'd rather have a print out than talking on the phone
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Are you still there?

Yes let me look?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you

What is the wattage of the lamps?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
60

Your dimmer is too small ! You have 720 watts!

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Hope I was of help today!

Please give me a positive rating before to sign off today!

Thanks !

George

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
is it wired correctly?

Yes

You need a 1000 watt dimmer or smaller lamps!

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Gotcha...but I'm concerned about the fact that the white wires aren't connected to anything

Their not supposed to be at that type of dimmer!

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
it was wired wrong as well as having the wrong dimmer...how should it be wired up?

No! Its right! The neutrals don't get connected!

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Oh...OK so I'll wire it up the same way with the new dimmer...is that why it was overheating?

Yes! It's too small!

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you so much...enjoy your holidays

You Too !

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I will...thank ypu

Home depot will have a 1000w dimmer!

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thanks...and they'll be open tomorrow!

Not all day!

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ooo...didn't know that...thank you!

Maybe just to 3!

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I just called...they are open till 5...thanks again
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