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Dimmer switch backwards/Upsidown

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Dec 19, 2013, 01:42 AM
AlwaysAvocado
Dimmer switch backwards/Upsidown
Hi All,

I've installed a dimmer switch as shown. It's just running one LED ceiling light. Older home, no ground, and have 1 white and 1 black coming out of the wall.

The dimmer switch has a ground wire, and 3 available screws (gold and reddish on one side, and one gold on the other side) I've tried every combination aside from putting the 2 wires on one of the same terminals (I read that somewhere but don't want to try it yet)

The issue, it works with a black and white wire on the same side (gold and reddish terminals) but it's upsidown, so I said hey... I'll just turn the unit upsidown, but then the dimmer switch works in reverse and the switch itself is correct on/off (on being up) and it's also on the wrong side. This isn't correct, but I could live with it. Wrong type of switch? Better way to wire this?

The images attached are the switch upsidown.


Dec 19, 2013, 01:43 AM
AlwaysAvocado
Switch photo.
(Dimmer slider should be on the right side) In order to be correct and face up.


Dec 19, 2013, 07:57 AM
CommonwealthSparky
3 set screws, is this a 3 way switch? {In a normal 3 way switch that type can be used as a single pole switch, no one does because mainly of the cost factor}. But 3 way dimmers have master and slave type set ups so I wonder.
List the make and model number and that will help this situation.

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Dec 19, 2013, 12:31 PM
AlwaysAvocado
Here's a couple more.
It looks like it's made for 3 way or single.
Instructions were really short, I tried their methods but it didn't get me too far.


Dec 19, 2013, 03:41 PM
Jaybee
Easiest to go back and just get a 2-way switch. No way to get that wrong. With enough trial and error, you should be able to find a combination to use the 3-way switch as a 2-way but if you can return the 3-way the 2-way is a little cheaper.


Jaybee
Dec 20, 2013, 07:45 AM
CommonwealthSparky
When in a pinch you can use a three way switch as a single pole. I think we all know of that trick. But I have never scene a package that will advertise as both.
Still thinking you are missing the proper connection set up. If you have it working while "upside down" reversing the wire should fix the problem.

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