The dimmer was used to dim and turn off 3 lights that were connected to the
ceiling fan. The speed of the fan was controled by hanging chains from the
fan. I'd like to be able to use the dimmer on the new chandelier. Here is
a pick of the the light switch / dimmer.
Any help getting this thing working would be great.
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Sent: February 12, 2004 8:44 PM
Subject: Re: Need help with new chandelier
Looks like you must have 3 colors and ground at the chandiler box.
The lights (or a chandiler) get connected to white and red.
Black is constant power and when mounting a chandiler only, leave these black
wires capped together.
(red is your switchleg, white is neutral)
Remember that the originally dimmed lights were mounted on the fan.
Thus, there's a black/red/white cable (12/3 or 14/3) going from the switch&dimmer
to the fan box, and, yes, in the fan box, the lights were (probably) on the
white and red, and fan (probably) on black and white.
So I agree with you - provided the assumptions that we're both
using are correct. They may not be. You and I use red for switched legs for
example, but, _both_ of the hots to the fan box are switched...
The question is _where_ is the chandelier being mounted? Probably not on
the fan, but in another box. So he's going to need to run a new cable
from the fan box to a new box to mount the chandelier. So, just telling
him "white and red, leave the other stuff alone" is probably inadequate.
What's really worrying me is that the switch in the picture _appears_ to be a
way switch, with two white and one black wires on it.
So, ghod knows how this thing is really wired.
Unless the chandelier is on the same box as the fan (mounted _on_ the
fan, in which case he just swaps the existing light wires over to the
chandelier), I don't think he has any business fooling with this mess.
His "understanding" of the wiring appears limited to taking one highly
confusing picture of the switch and not the box (or was that previous
picture from him and the same circuit?). He should hire someone
He'd have been better off making a hand-sketch of the wires in the boxes
in question showing what colors were connected to what, and which conductors
were bundled in each of the cables. Better still would be to use a volt
or ohm-meter to figure out exactly which "wire end" was connected to which.
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
It's not just anyone who gets a Starship Cruiser class named after them.
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