Leave the Installation to the Pros at Reliable Electrical
Putting your lights on a dimmer switch is a great way to add some ambiance to your home. You can set the lights exactly how you want them – dark, bright, or somewhere in the middle. Most dimmer switches are set on a 3-way switch, which means that the lights can be turned on and off from more than just one location.
However, when it comes to wiring 3-way dimmer switches, it can get a little bit complicated. So whether you are replacing your old one with a new one, or having a dimmer switch installed for the first time, it’s best to leave it to the pros. And here’s why:
Common Dimmer Switch Wiring Problems
- Failure to locate the common wire: If you don’t connect the common wire (the one that is the same for both switches) to the common screw, then the lights will only work in one spot.
- Failure to ground the switch: While installing the new switch, you have to locate the ground wire and connect it. Not doing so will leave you and your family at risk for electrocution.
- Failure to check both switches: This is a minor point, but in many cases do-it-yourself installers will forget to check both switches at the end of the job. This becomes a problem when they go to use it, see that it doesn’t work, and think it’s an electrical error. Best to leave it to the experts at Reliable Electrical so you know it’s right the first time.
- Failure to use proper bulbs: Dimmer switches are typically designed to work with only incandescent bulbs.
- Failure to buy the correct size switch: In short, the switch needs to hold the maximum amount of wattage that you’re going to need. That can be tough to figure out. Let us help you!
For help with your dimmer switch replacement, or to have our professionals perform it for you, give Reliable Electrical a call today!