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Replacing a Dimmer Switch with a Regular Switch

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Hi, I need to replace the dimmer light switch in my living room, with a reglar 'on/off' switch. It is the type of dimmer with one switch which you touch to turn on and off, and you keep your finge… Read More
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6m, 3w agoPosted 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi,

I need to replace the dimmer light switch in my living room, with a reglar 'on/off' switch.
It is the type of dimmer with one switch which you touch to turn on and off, and you keep your finger on it to change the brightness.
Can anyone inform me how difficult this is to do?

Many Thanks
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6m, 3w agoPosted 6 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
Easy, two wires
#2
Should be two wires, could be three with an earth but just make sure you turn off at the fuse box first........or.........BANG.
#3
philhib1964
Should be two wires, could be three with an earth but just make sure you turn off at the fuse box first........or.........BANG.

Thanks for this. Is there any way I could keep the existing switch, but just disable the dimmer function?
Really appreciate the advice
#4
allsa001
philhib1964
Should be two wires, could be three with an earth but just make sure you turn off at the fuse box first........or.........BANG.
Thanks for this. Is there any way I could keep the existing switch, but just disable the dimmer function?
Really appreciate the advice
No, unless you want a posh one like stainless steel etc they only cost about 99p in B&M or similar shop.
#5
if its 2 wires connect one to common and one to L1, that easy, if its working opposite simply turn tye lightswitch upside down
#6
Switch off power.Slacken switch and take a couple of pictures.Remove 2 wires plus earth unless it is connected to pattress.Replace 2 wires on new switch,one to C and one to L1.Now switch on power.It switch operates wrongly then simply rotate switch
Job done
#7
The old system was un-earthed 2 wire - if you still have this, then you should not use a metal switch plate as it could become live if a wire was adrift... To be honest, if you still have in-earthed lighting circuits, you are probably overdue for re-wiring
#8
Thanks for everyone's help. I have managed to change the switch over now.
The purpose was to allow me to fir in the Phillips Hue lights.

The problem is now that I have fitted the light bulbs, only one out of the three bulbs turn on.
I know the bulbs are working, as I had them in lamps previously.

Does anyone have any ideas please?
#9
allsa001
Thanks for everyone's help. I have managed to change the switch over now.
The purpose was to allow me to fir in the Phillips Hue lights.
The problem is now that I have fitted the light bulbs, only one out of the three bulbs turn on.
I know the bulbs are working, as I had them in lamps previously.
Does anyone have any ideas please?

3 lamps are supplied from the same switch?

If so, try swapping the lamps around, could be fault in the landholder, or faulty lamp.
#10
Sorry for my confusing post andynicol.
The lights are actually for a ceiling light, which holds 3 bulbs.
The light was previously on a dimmer switch, however today I have swapped that for a regular switch.

I have 3 hue bulbs that I would like to put into the ceiling light. However when I insert them, only one of the bulbs lights up. I know that all 3 of the bulbs are working, as I have swapped them around, but it is only 1 of the light sockets which is working. I have replaced the hue lights with regular bulbs, and they work fine.

So I am at a bit of a loss as to what to do now.
#11
allsa001
Sorry for my confusing post andynicol.
The lights are actually for a ceiling light, which holds 3 bulbs.
The light was previously on a dimmer switch, however today I have swapped that for a regular switch.
I have 3 hue bulbs that I would like to put into the ceiling light. However when I insert them, only one of the bulbs lights up. I know that all 3 of the bulbs are working, as I have swapped them around, but it is only 1 of the light sockets which is working. I have replaced the hue lights with regular bulbs, and they work fine.
So I am at a bit of a loss as to what to do now.

You've swapped around the lamps and all 3 work?

Has the ceiling light been altered in any way since you changed the switch?

Have you tried your old lamps in the ceiling light?
#12
It's so strange, as if I put in the old bulbs, it all works again.
It's just only one socket works with the hue bulbs.

Think I'll just have to give their customer support a call on Tuesday.
#13
I feel like such an idiot. I got it working in the end.
I was using E14 to E27 converters, and I really had to screw the bulbs in really tightly.
Thank you for all your help

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