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How To Install A Dimmer Switch - Page 1


1. First shut off the power to the switch. Remove the decorative coverplate from the switch by unscrewing the two screws that hold the plate to the switch box. Set the screws and the plate aside. With the coverplate off, you will be able to see the switch and the electrical box it is attached to.

 

2. Use a voltage sensor to make sure that the circuit is dead. Hold your voltage sensorís probe within I of the wires on either side of the switch. If the sensor beeps or lights up, then the switch is still live, and youíll need to trip the correct breaker to disconnect power to the switch. If the sensor does not beep or light up, the circuit is dead and you are safe to continue.

 

3. Remove the switch from the box by unscrewing the two long screws that hold it. One is at the top and another at the bottom. Once the screws are out, hold the top and bottom of the switch, and gently pull the switch away from the box.

 

WHAT IF...?

What if my electrical box seems too small to hold the dimmer switch? Dimmer switches have much bigger bodies than standard switches, and they are connected with twist wire connectors rather than screw terminal connections.

This means that the electrical box might be too small to hold the switch and the connections. If so, donít try to force the switch into the box.

 

 

 

 

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