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# Can dimmer switches be 3 way?

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## Can dimmer switches be 3 way?

Dimmer switches can be installed on a three-way switch. This allows two controls to turn the light on and off, with a third switch left for the dimming function. Three-way switches can be used with single-pole applications when installing a dimmer switch.

### What is a single-pole 3-way dimmer?

With a standard single-pole dimmer, a single switch controls the light. With a three-way dimmer, you can control a light with two switches. You will need a three-way dimmer and a three-way switch. This lets you dim from one location and turn the lights on and off from another.

#### Will 3-way dimmer work on 4-way?

Anyway, in a 4-way circuit (or more-way), you can replace either 3-way on/off switch (which will either be the first or last switch) with a 3-way dimmer. But it must be a 3-way dimmer, not a basic dimmer.

How do I turn a 3-way switch into a single pole?

To convert a 3-way switch to single pole, one of the traveler wires is removed from the switch. In order for a 3-way switch to function as a single pole, the wires need to be connected to the common and one of the traveler terminals. It will not work if the wires are connected to the two traveler terminals.

Can you make a 3-way switch a single pole?

Yes it can work. 3-way switches are spdt (single pole double throw) with 3 screw terminals, and regular switches are spst (single pole single throw) with 2 screw terminals. Just pick the correct two contacts and you are good to go. .

## Can you have 2 dimmers on a 4-way switch?

While no 4-way dimmer exists, there are 3-way dimmers that you could replace one of your two 3-way switches with. You can only have one, the other switch plus the one or more 4-way switches in the middle must be toggle switches.

### Does a dimmer switch need 3 wires?

A 3-wire NM connects the travelers of the dimmer to the travelers of the 3-way switch. Traveler wires are interchangeable on each switch. The 3-way dimmer and 3-way switch are also interchangeable. The common terminal of the 3-way switch connects to the light fixture(s).

#### Why would a single pole switch have 3 wires?

The 2 wire source feeds to an adjacent switch for a different light which then feeds this switch with 2 wires. The switch in question is a single pole. From it, there is 3 wire cable that leads to a light which then connects to other lights controlled by their own switches.

Can you use a 3-way switch in place of a single pole switch?

In order for a 3-way switch to function as a single pole, the wires need to be connected to the common and one of the traveler terminals. It will not work if the wires are connected to the two traveler terminals. The other traveler terminal is left unconnected.