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Light Switch Wiring Help

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Old 01-20-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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Question Light Switch Wiring Help

Hello everyone,

Let me begin by saying I bought my first house this past summer, and I know very very little about electrical matters.

Here is my elementary issue:

I am wanting to replace 2 dimmer switches with 1 dimmer switch and 1 standard single pole switch in the same box. Each switch controls a separate light (no fans).

Based on the photos below, can anyone explain how to do this properly?

I think what is throwing me off is the red wire and the black wire that directly connects the 2 switches. Are the wires on the left leading to the fixtures, while the wires on the right are supplying the current?
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:07 PM   #2
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Are you going to control the same lights that are currently controlled?
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:16 PM   #3
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Hello everyone,

Let me begin by saying I bought my first house this past summer, and I know very very little about electrical matters.

Here is my elementary issue:

I am wanting to replace 2 dimmer switches with 1 dimmer switch and 1 standard single pole switch in the same box. Each switch controls a separate light (no fans).

Based on the photos below, can anyone explain how to do this properly?

I think what is throwing me off is the red wire and the black wire that directly connects the 2 switches. Are the wires on the left leading to the fixtures, while the wires on the right are supplying the current?
Respectfully, you should have someone who knows what they're doing, do it for you.

Any 'how to do it yourself" advice that you'll find here, or anywhere else on the internet is DANGEROUS.

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Old 01-20-2013, 04:20 PM   #4
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Are you going to control the same lights that are currently controlled?
Yes, all I want to do is swap out the switches. Both lights are controlled only at this location.
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:29 PM   #5
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There is a third wire on the dimmer for 3way applications. You will have to read the directions to figure out which one. You can cap that wire off. There should be only two wires that will go to the new switch. One will be power, the other will be the switch leg. Can you post a better picture of the switch box? That us the best I can do for you.

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Old 01-20-2013, 04:47 PM   #6
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There is a third wire on the dimmer for 3way applications. You will have to read the directions to figure out which one. You can cap that wire off. There should be only two wires that will go to the new switch. One will be power, the other will be the switch leg. Can you post a better picture of the switch box? That us the best I can do for you.

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Agreed, need to see a bit more into that box
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Agreed, need to see a bit more into that box
How's this photo? The 3way wire is the red&white pictured above. The standard switch will go on the left, the dimmer on the right.
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:13 PM   #8
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It looks to me the black wire next to the red wire is the power wire. The power wire feeds both switches. The red wire goes to the light. The wire that goes out the bottom of the box goes to the other light. Hope this helps.

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House wiring rule is: White is cool, Black is death... Red is other.
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