I began installing a new under-cabinet Xenon light this evening. When I
went to install my dimmer switch it did not work, the cabinet light did not
I cut a hole for the dimmer switch to control the cabinet light next to an
existing kitchen outltet, similar to what's pictured at this web site:
I tied in to the power of the outlet and ran wiring to the new outlet box,
then from the box up through the wall to the underneath side of the cabinet.
The dimmer switch has 2 black wires, 1 red and one ground. Since I'm only
using it to control one light I followed the diagram that came with the
dimmer. It says to connect the red wire to the black (in wall) wire going
to the light fixture. Connect one black wire to the "hot" wire coming from
the power source. Cap the unused black wire. And the green wire to
I've done all that and checked and re-checked my connections but still no
power. If I bypass the dimmer switch and just hard wire the fixture
directly it works perfectly.
Also, there is a green LED on the dimmer switch which is on when the switch
is off, and that is does work, it does go on and off when you toggle the
switch. The dimmer has a on/off button at the bottom and a slider above
that. Is it possible that I have a bad dimmer? I'm not an electrical
expert so I could be missing something. I'm going to the store where I
bought the dimmer tomorrow to resolve the problem, any suggestions on this
would be appreciated though, and might save me a trip.
(The brand is Leviton Illumatech,"Decora colletion", 600W incandescent.)
It does have a 12v transformer in the light but this is the dimmer that the
sales guy handed me and said would work. (got it from a electric specialty
I tried the dimmer on an incandescent wall light and still didn't work. I'm
headed back to the store now - after I hold my nose and vote for somebody.
Thanks for the responses.
It turned out to be a bad dimmer. I took it back to the store and had them
test it, and the replacement they gave me before I left. It was annoying to
have to make two trips but I'm glad it wasn't me after all :) Thanks for the
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