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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #315 on: September 10, 2019, 04:23:15 PM »

So can we assume they are no longer used?
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #316 on: September 18, 2019, 03:08:09 PM »
Is it better to add more outlets or just use a bunch of extension cords and power strips? In other words, since another outlet will be running off the same breaker isn't a bunch of connected power strips the same except in aesthetics?
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #317 on: September 19, 2019, 01:06:25 AM »
In other words, since another outlet will be running off the same breaker isn't a bunch of connected power strips the same except in aesthetics?
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #318 on: January 15, 2020, 08:33:46 AM »
Yesterday I replaced a 3 way switch with a 3 way dimmer that is LED compatible. I currently have 3 LED light bulbs (in basic receptacles in 3 places on my kitchen ceiling) controlled by it.

When I try dimming the lights, the 3 bulbs dim in different levels, to the extent that when I have it all the way down one bulb is totally dark, the next one a dim light, and the 3rd one a drop brighter.

Does this mean there's a problem with the wiring? I am planning on installing flat LED panels. Will I have a similar issue? If yes, is there a workaround?
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #319 on: January 15, 2020, 08:54:31 AM »
Do the three bulbs combined meet the minimum load requirement for the dimmer?

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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #320 on: January 15, 2020, 09:01:53 AM »
Do the three bulbs combined meet the minimum load requirement for the dimmer?

I believe they do. There's no flicker, and the dimmer is designed to work with LEDS. I will double check later.
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #321 on: January 15, 2020, 10:55:18 AM »
Did you replace both 3 way switches with dimmer switches?
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #322 on: January 15, 2020, 12:20:41 PM »
Did you replace both 3 way switches with dimmer switches?

No. That would require a Multi-Point dimmer rather than a 3-way dimmer. 3-way dimmers are designed to work with one dimmer and one switch (though it seems like when it's turned off from the other end of the room with the switch, lights can't be turned on with the dimmer).
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #323 on: January 15, 2020, 01:11:24 PM »
No. That would require a Multi-Point dimmer rather than a 3-way dimmer. 3-way dimmers are designed to work with one dimmer and one switch (though it seems like when it's turned off from the other end of the room with the switch, lights can't be turned on with the dimmer).
Are you sure everything is wired correctly ?
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #324 on: January 15, 2020, 01:43:25 PM »
I am going to guess you will have to try different LED's.
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #325 on: January 15, 2020, 01:45:54 PM »
No. That would require a Multi-Point dimmer rather than a 3-way dimmer. 3-way dimmers are designed to work with one dimmer and one switch (though it seems like when it's turned off from the other end of the room with the switch, lights can't be turned on with the dimmer).

As myi said, check the wiring. That symptom likely means that the ordinary switch is not wired correctly. Either the traveler wires are reversed or you need to attach a jumper cable to connect the two (solution depends on the design of your 3-way switch, check the instructions)

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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #326 on: January 15, 2020, 01:51:18 PM »
As myi said, check the wiring. That symptom likely means that the ordinary switch is not wired correctly. Either the traveler wires are reversed or you need to attach a jumper cable to connect the two (solution depends on the design of your 3-way switch, check the instructions)
I am going to guess these lights are in parallel. However wired should effect all the lights the same. 
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #327 on: January 15, 2020, 02:42:57 PM »
As myi said, check the wiring. That symptom likely means that the ordinary switch is not wired correctly. Either the traveler wires are reversed or you need to attach a jumper cable to connect the two (solution depends on the design of your 3-way switch, check the instructions)

How in the world do I check this? There have been two three way switches there for the past 20 years or so. Should I try reversing the traveler wires on the dimmer?
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #328 on: January 15, 2020, 02:58:47 PM »
How in the world do I check this? There have been two three way switches there for the past 20 years or so. Should I try reversing the traveler wires on the dimmer?
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #329 on: January 15, 2020, 03:35:13 PM »
How in the world do I check this? There have been two three way switches there for the past 20 years or so. Should I try reversing the traveler wires on the dimmer?

You can try reversing them on the dimmer switch (logical that it's that switch that is the problem because you just installed it) and if that doesn't work you can try reversing the travelers on the other 3 way switch. But what I said was check the instructions for the new dimmer switch to see if it requires the other 3-way switch to have its traveler wires connected by a jumper.

ETA: To clarify, many new 3-way switches are designed to be the only 3-way switch in the circuit. So if you previously had a 3-way switch in 2 places, when you replace one of them with a new 3-way switch you also have to change the wiring at the other spot too. The instructions usually say this clearly but DIYers miss it because they don't expect to have to touch the other switch that they're not replacing. One hint that your new 3 way switch is like this is if the box included a short jumper cable (a little red wire usually with u-shaped terminals at both ends).
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