I own a Black Series Dimmer (LZW31) and am trying to get it setup correctly with a lower wattage bulb. The switch is hooked up to a light/fan. My house is older and does not have a neutral wire in the light switch gang, which is why I purchased this model. When I have an older, not as bright light bulb plugged in, everything works as expected. I’d like to get a newer, brighter bulb installed, as the currently working one does not do a great job as far as brightness goes.
When I install the newer LED, the switch actually does (mostly) work. It turns on to full power just fine, but when I turn it off, the light is still on (although fairly dim). After doing some reading, I found that I probably needed a bypass, so I purchased the recommended Aeotec bypass. I installed it in my light housing, with one end of the bypass connected to the live wire and the other connected to the neutral.
Unfortunately though, the issue is still persisting. It seems like the bypass isn’t actually doing anything. Has anyone solved this problem before or am I missing something obvious?
What is the wattage of this bulb? (Actual wattage, not incandescent “equivalent” from lux.) Even with the bypass installed, the manual says you may still need at least about a 6W load. A single bulb is usually more than this, even LED, but it’s bit vague with the “about” thing, so adding another bulb, if possible, or trying a higher-wattage option may be worthwhile.
LZW31 is not rated for inductive loads like a fan. Please ensure this is serving ONLY the lights on the fan?
Good to know! I did have the bypass installed before the fan itself, so I will try and switch it to just the bulb. Would this matter though if the fan is never turned on? Alternatively, could I just not connect the wire that powers the fan?
As for the wiring, forgive me because I know the basics but I am not an electrician. I have 3 wires coming from my ceiling. One is the line (my voltage tester detects it when the fuse is flipped on), and one is a ground wire. I assumed the other is the load, but when I was reading up on the process, I was seeing everyone call it a neutral so I doubted myself. Here is a couple pictures of the wiring:
The BLK should be load, WHT should be neutral, GrN is ground.
Picture of the switch box would confirm, but 99.9% sure you have line going to box first then to your load box over 14/2. You have to have a neutral at a light, fan, or outlet box otherwise the item wouldn’t function.
Alright, finally had an opportunity to take apart the fan again and try it out. I followed the above instructions and connected white to white, black to blue, and green to green. The blue wire coming from the fan was for the light, the black wire coming from the fan was for the fan. So I capped off the black fan wire and left it disconnected.
The light is exhibiting the same behavior as before. Even when its “off”, it is still dimly lit. So, for the bypass, which wires do I connect it to?