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Installing a dimmer switch isn’t for the average beginner for safety reasons, but for a professional electrician, it can be done fast. If you are ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work yourself, this article will give you simple step by step instructions on installing a dimmer light switch in your home today.

Step 1 – Safety First

Whenever you start a project, your first priority should always be safety. When installing a dimmer switch you must turn off the power at the main circuit breaker or fuse box. You should also place a piece of tape over the circuit breaker switch to mark that the switch should not be turned on. Before starting to remove the old light switch, double check the light switch by turning it on and off to make sure it is safe to proceed.

Step 2 – Replacing the Switch

Using a screwdriver, remove the screws that hold the old light switch faceplate. When the faceplate has been removed test the switch to insure the volt meter indicates no live electricity. Remove the two screws that hold the light box in place and pull it out a few inches for room to make the change. Remove the wires from the back of the light switch with needle nose pliers to complete this step.

Third – Making the Connections

When installing a new dimmer switch that only has two black wires, it does not matter which black wire is connected to the dimmer switch wires. After these wires have been connected, place a wire nut on the ends of the exposed ends. For added protection, wrap electrical tape around the wire nut. The dimmer switch has a green wire or “ground wire” that needs to connect the white ground wire coming from the wall to the green wire located on the dimmer switch. Place a wire nut on these as well as some electrical tape.

Lastly, push the newly installed dimmer switch back into the electrical box, screw the face plate to the wall and turn the power on. Your new dimmer switch is ready to use.

By Tom Whelan

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