Electrical device used to open and close an electric circuit.

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Should I put a dimmer switch on a ceiling fan?

I have a ceiling fan on our bedroom's vaulted ceiling. Since we don't want 7' pull-cords, the speed is stuck at full-tilt, which is no good. The fan has separate switches on the wall for lights and ...
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GFCI receptacle and 3-way switches

I have replaced a bathroom outlet with a GFCI. The first outlet from the circuit breaker is the bathroom outlet. The circuit then goes to a switched light outdoors, a switched light to a hallway, ...
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Electricity passes through a bulb holder, even when the switch is off

In my home, electricity passes through a bulb holder even when the switch is off. I heard that happens due to 3-way switches. Could anybody tell me if it is okay or worth worrying? Update Let me ...
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How do I wire two lights with a switch?

How do you wire two ceiling lights on one switch? I have installed the switch, and the two lights, but only one light is working. It is the light that the power source enters. My setup is like this:...
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Light switch with one red and two black wires. Dont think it's a three way

I've been steadily replacing switches in my house with zwave ones. The other day I opened this guy up and found a red wire wired to the top of the switch, a black wire at the bottom and another black ...
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Wall switch no longer used, how to cover it

I have replaced a ceiling fan in my home that had a separate hot wire for a light. The new fan has a remote control for the light & fan motor. The old fan was controlled from a 5-gang wall switch....
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How do I replace this dimmer switch to a conventional switch?

I want to replace the dimmer switch in my kitchen with a conventional light switch. However I could use a little guidance. I understand the two black wires are the hot wires, and the green is ground....
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Oddball wiring for ceiling light

My garage has a light connected to a switch and a garage door opener. The garage door opener was hard wired to a line coming out from the space between the porcelain light fixture and the ceiling. The ...
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Wiring a fan and recessed lighting to a double switch

I currently have a single switch operating a ceiling fan. I'd like to add some recessed lighting to the room. Can I replace the single switch with a double switch to operate the ceiling fan and (4) ...
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GFCI receptacle works partially when switch is turned off; not at all when on

I had an electrician install an outdoor receptacle recently, and it's not working as expected. Before the receptacle was installed, the only thing I'm aware of that was on this circuit was a single ...
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Coast 3-way — does this conform with Code?

For those who aren't familiar, the California or Coast 3-way switching arrangement is a method of wiring a three-way switch circuit that is used when both a switched and an unswitched hot are desired ...
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Changing out programmable Light Switch, wire help needed!

When we moved into our house 4 years ago that was built back in 1960 we had the programmable light switch that controls the front porch light replaced by an electrician that was doing some other work ...
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Three-way switches to control top outlet of multiple receptacles

I am in the process of renovating the livingroom in my 1930's era house which only has two non-switched outlets in one 12x12 room. I would like some receptacles to have one switched and one non-...
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Is tungsten wattage different from regular wattage?

I bought a new in-wall timer rated 20 Amps. and it says '1350 w Tungsten', so I'm wondering if there are watts which are measured different then other watts? In my calculation it should be 20 x 120 = ...
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Why is my 3 way switch suddenly not working?

I just replaced the switches on a 3 way light fixture and wired them exactly how they were from the wall before. When I turned the power back on everything worked fine and the 2 switches activated ...
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One 4-way switch and two 3-way switches

I decided to be handy and change all of my receptacles in the house. Everything went well until the garage. There are 3 light switches in the garage that go to 1 light source that has me stumped. Two ...
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wiring for illuminated 3 way toggle switches

i have two three way illuminated toggle switches in my bathroom. when the bathroom light is out only one of the illuminated toggle switches glows; the other does not. how can I wire these so that ...
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Replacing Non-Working Single-Pole Dimmer Switch

Ok- so I hope I explain well- I will also attach photo. Dimmer switch and switch to fan located in same box. When we removed the plate, the cords came out of there locations before we could see what ...
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Replacing wall switch with wireless relay receiver

A number of years ago I made the effort to get some training on basic home electrical so that I could install lights, dimmers, etc. by myself and use Professional Electricians for the complex stuff. ...
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how to replace single pole switch with red wire to an occupancy sensor

I have an outlet that is currently controlled by a single pole switch. There are other receptacles on the same breaker that are always on. I want the Leviton IPSD6 Occupancy sensor (that is also a ...
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Is this ceiling box wiring correct and how can I reconnect an abandoned 3-way switch to it?

I have a house (Georgia, USA) and some kitchen renovations have revealed some prior electrical work and I am trying to figure it out. Originally, there was a ceiling box in the kitchen with a fan/...
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How can I install a light fixture in the ceiling of a finished room?

In my dining room, I would like to install a ceiling light in the center of the room. This room is on the ground floor of a colonial two-story, so there is no attic access into the ceiling; my work ...
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Should I convert a single light switch to a receptacle/switch combo?

First I want to say I've done a little research on my question. I'm familiar (I think) with the wiring, but I'm uncertain if my solution is a good one because of what I plan on using the outlets for (...
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What is this switch operating?

I just moved into a new townhouse. There is a switch that in my living room/dining room area that seems to do nothing. I checked and it is wired in but I can't figure out what it operates. I've ...
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Convert One 3-Way Light Switch to Belkin WeMo Light Switch (Single Pole)

Our foyer chandelier has three switches that control it. I want to control it with a Belkin WeMo light switch, which specifically states is not compatible with 3-way switches/fixtures, sadly. Well, if ...
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How to determine what 3-way switch system was used?

How can I tell if an old Knob & Tube 3-way switch is still legal by the modern NEC? Specifically I am trying to tell if my switch is a "California 3-way" (or "Coast 3-way", "Hollywood 3-way", etc....
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What size plate for 2 1-gang boxes side by side

Whoever put the electrical boxes in our kitchen before we moved in put two separate 1-gang boxes side by side (an outlet and a toggle) instead of just using a 2-gang box. The plates covering them were ...
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How can I use a Z-wave switch as a 3-way with no neutral?

I have two lights controlled by two light switches in a 3 way switch loop configuration with no neutral. I would like to replace either one (if I can get away with it) or both of the switches with a ...
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What could cause a 3-bulb fixture to blink when turned off?

Two new lightbulbs(energy efficient spiral) blink rapidly when I turn OFF the switch for the 3 bulb fixture in my kitchen. House built in 1912ish. My house but previously had tenants. They only had 1 ...
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How can I figure out where power is coming from in 4-way switch wiring?

My 4-way switches work correctly. I would like help figuring out where the power is coming in from and where the light fixture is (at the end, after a certain switch, etc.) I'm also trying to ...
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How to wire switch with 8 gauge wire?

I want to connect 8 gauge wires to a 30 amp safety switch (http://smile.amazon.com/Leviton-3032-2W-Toggle-Double-Pole-Grounding/dp/B002MPPTBQ), but the wire is too thick to wrap around the screws on ...
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Do neutral wires need to connect?

I'm replacing a few light switches to new WeMo smart switches. The instructions show the neutral wire from the new switch connecting to the existing neutral wire. I have an outlet with 2 switches and ...
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Separating two lights on one switch [closed]

I have 1 light switch that controls a fan/light and a pair of recessed lights across the room. I want to separate them and add another switch next to the existing one. Where do I start?
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switched socket and unswitched light fixture to switched light fixture and unswitched outlet

In several rooms I have a wall switch near the door that switches an outlet, and a light/fan fixture operated by a pull chain. I would like to be able to switch the light fixture from the door switch, ...
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Why does voltage still exists when a circuit is broken by a 3-way switch?

My parents got a ceiling light for my parents for Christmas, which I was tasked with installing. I don't know why I bothered to check the voltage before putting the new fixture on (and after taking ...
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Is there a motion sensor light switch that does not need ground?

My house was built in early 1950's and all electrical switches do not have a ground. This was found out with an electrician when I asked them to install Lutron Maestro, but it would not power on since ...
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How to wire 3 switches and a receptacle in a two-gang box

How do you wire a three switch receptacle (all three switches are together in a stacked appearance) with a GFI outlet in a two gang box? There will be a light above the bathroom sink and a fan with a ...
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Why have my LED bulbs started flashing when I turn them off?

I have six LED bulbs in my flat. They’re all the same model (LE 10W A60, bayonet fitting), and they were all purchased at the same time – September 2014. I bought them as a set of five and a single, ...
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Why does Lutron motion sensor light switch have low amp?

I am replacing the old switches with occupancy/vacancy sensor light switches. However Lutron only has 2amp and 5amp while the ones I have are the standard 15 amp. I don't know about the significant ...
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Does a single-gang double timer switch exist?

I have a single gang outlet that current has a double/split switch installed controlling an inside light and an outside light. Ideally I'd like to have the outside light on a timer. Does a single ...
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electrical Socket not getting power

I have a single pole switch that feeds power to a wall socket. with the switch ON, and the wire that feeds the switch disconnected from the socket, the point on the switch shows 120V. with the switch ...
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How do I handle the grounded neutral for a simple switch?

I trying to move a switch, which is currently in a 2-gang box. The 2-gang box will need to stay in place (and covered with a plate) as it is also the junction of some other stuff (currently power ...
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Installing new bathroom vent

Installing new bathroom vent. Adding a second switch to this existing light switch. Can I just piggyback off the existing hot wire, just like the light switch? I don't need to do anything with the ...
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How to turn a pump on or off from any of 12 switches

I have a water pump at my home that I want to connect to 12 switches, so that each one of them can turn the water-pump on/off. Can it be done? Thank you!
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Existing GFCI outlet wiring to a new switch

I want to relocate a GFCI outlet in my kitchen that is currently below my top cabinets to above the cabinets so I can plug in an LED rope light and illuminate above the cabinets. With that being said ...
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Can I bring power to the 4-way switch?

I have a standard circuit with a 3-way switch on each end and one 4-way switch in the middle. Will it work if I run power to the 4 way switch instead of one of the 3-way switches? The light is also ...
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3-way switch not working properly

I have a 3 way switch at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom that control the lights in the stairway/hall way. The problem that I have is that you can only turn the lights on from the same ...
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Adding two lights to existing light

Would like to add two more lights to an existing light/switch setup. Would like to double check my approach. See below for existing vs proposed... purposely did not include ground. Any and all ...
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Is this an appropriate way to add a single-pole switch (without a gang box) to a circuit with an existing single-pole switch?

I have a fun electrical challenge in my basement. I currently have power coming off of the breaker, to a single light fixture, and then on to a single-pole switch (Figure 1). I would like to add a new ...
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What wire is needed for a double 3-way switch on fan/light

My house is 60+ years old, with original cloth wrapped 2-wire 12 ga wires throughout the house, and an updated 200A breaker box. I wish to replace a 3-way switch setup on a ceiling fan/light with a ...