Understanding Flooded Basement Repairs
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Understanding Flooded Basement Repairs

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Understanding Flooded Basement Repairs

What Every Homeowner Should Know About Installing Dimmer Switches

Jackson Andrews

A room's lighting can have a significant effect on the general ambiance. If you are remodeling your home, it's important that you give your lighting as much consideration as you do the other features. One of the best things to consider investing in is a dimmer switch. Installing a fixture like this will give you full control over the light in the room, allowing you to change the level of the light as you wish. Most dimmers will easily fit into a standard switch receptacle. This makes it easy to install these switches in your house. Here are the steps you need to know to swap your home's lighting to dimmer switches.

Choosing the Right Switch

There are two primary types of dimmer switches, so you'll have to choose the one that's the right fit for your needs.

  1. Single Pole: A single pole dimmer switch is the best choice in a room where there's only one light switch controlling the light in the room.
  1. Three Way: A three-way switch is a more versatile design. It allows you to control a light that is controlled by more than one switch, such as when you have switches at different room entrances. Three-way switches afford you the ability to control the light with a dimmer switch without giving up the on and off switches at the room entrances.

Installing the Switch

It's essential that your dimmer switches be installed correctly, otherwise you risk a short in the wiring that could lead to a fire or other problems. You can work with a residential electrician, or you can do the work on your own.

  • Shut the Power Off: Don't attempt any wiring work until you've shut down the power to that part of the house. The best way to do this is to shut the power off at the breaker panel, because that ensures that the wiring is safe to work with. Test the lights to make sure they don't come on.
  • Remove the Switch: Remove the mounting screws that secure the faceplate to the wall. Pull the faceplate off, then slide the switch forward out of the wall slightly. The goal is to expose the wiring behind the switch without damaging the wires. If it's a three-way switch, you'll see a wire that's separate from the others and attached to a screw. The screw may be a different color than the rest or it might be marked with the word "Common." Mark this wire with a piece of masking tape. You'll need to identify it later. Disconnect all of the wires from the back of the switch. You can typically disconnect the wires with a screwdriver.
  • Installing the New Switch: If you're installing a single-pole dimmer, connect the green ground wire on the switch to the green or copper wire in the wall. Then, connect the remaining two or three wires on the switch to the black wires in the wall in the same manner. If there are any extra wires in the wall once the switch is fully connected, put a wire nut on them to cap and protect them. When you install a three-way switch, you connect the ground wire in the same manner, but then you'll have to attach that "Common" wire to the black wire on the dimmer switch. Finally, you can connect the two red wires to the remaining wires on the switch. Once connected, replace the receptacle in the wall and secure the face plate.

While this project can be straightforward for people who are familiar with wiring, it's a serious undertaking if you don't have that experience. Talk with a residential electrician who can help if you don't have the skills.