Electrical device used to open and close an electric circuit.

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Home light switch circuit with 5 switches

I am new to the amazing world of electronics and am starting out small. I think... Early 2010, the wife and I bought a house that was built in 1979. Now I started replacing light switches and ...
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How should I attach the grounding conductor for a replacement switch?

I'm attempting to replace an old Leviton light switch with a new Lutron dimmer switch that connects to our house's Wink system. The old switch had 3 black wires attached to the light switch and no ...
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rewire ventilation fan to use pull chain instead of wall switch

I'm converting part of an unfinished space to make a darkroom. I'm installing a bathroom ventilation fan over the sink but there is no convenient place to install a switch for the fan. I purchased a ...
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Fan speed control with timer?

I'm looking for a device that will allow me to control the fan speed as well as have it timeout. In theory this might work if I used the output from the timer to feed into the dimmer, but it doesn't ...
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Can I add a three way switch to a light circuit when I only have access to light switch and it just cuts the power to the switch?

I have a light switch that controls 2 lights in the hall. The wire to the switch carries power to the switch with the black wire and the white wire carries the power to the light. I have access to ...
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Why won't my Levitron Z-Wave dimmer switch turn the lights off?

Recently purchased and installed a Z-Wave Dimmer switch which seemed to be an easy installation. However, the only way I can get the light to turn off is to enable the air gap on the switch. If the ...
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Fan plus light/dimmer switch problem?

Have a Lutron Dimmer Switch combo in a rental. It has a dimmer light button the top and a timer on the bottom for bathroom fan. This went out today and troubleshooting it didn't make sense. We ...
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Why doesn't my motion sensor light work?

I want to install a simple motion sensor (Lutron Maestro MS-OPS2) on a single pole switch in my garage. When I installed it the light would not turn off. The instructions (PDF) that come with the ...
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What kind of wall switch is needed for a natural gas fireplace to ignite consistently?

When we moved in, our natural gas fireplace worked well: Flick the switch & it would ignite. Years later, it started acting erratically: Sometimes, the switch worked, other times, no luck. We'd ...
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How can I remove the switches that control outlets?

In the house it seems that the original owner wanted all top outlets to be switched and the bottoms to be always on. I hate this and want to fix it. So I took all the outlets out from the one room. ...
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How do I change a single-pole switch to a timer with 4 wires?

I a want to change out a pole switch to a timer switch. All makes sense except, there are only two wires on the pole switch and 4 on the new switch. So I only have the white and black and no ground ...
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What can we use as a wireless switch for a ceiling light?

I removed a light/ceiling fan that had a pull string when we installed my son's bunk bed (we didn't want the fan blades knocking him in the head). We now want to install just a ceiling light. There ...
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How do I wire a switch when the wire colors do not match? [closed]

Black, Red and bare Ground at outlet. New switch has Black, Black, and a Green. Tried switching each black with a red and vice versa with no luck. Tried each black and left switch black and red ...
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How do I wire three 3-way switches in one gang box to three switches in another box?

I have two 3-gang boxes (with 3-way switches) to control 3 sets of lights within our kitchen. Since there are two entrances to the kitchen, I have a box at each door. My main question is how to ...
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How should I fix an electric shower pull cord that doesn't work anymore?

The red light on my pull cord electric shower no longer comes on, hence it doesn't work. However, there was a brief period yesterday where it worked suggesting it's an electric fault and can be fixed? ...
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Is an air pressure switch required for a whole house humidifier?

I've installed a Honeywell whole house humidifier. For the time being, I've left off the air pressure switch that goes between the humidistat and the humidifier. It appears to be working fine without ...
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Combination box/switch - two wires only

The original owner of our house had this wired apparently and the outlet has never worked. Plugging a device in turns off the overhead light. Wife wants me to use vacation time off to fix, but I'm ...
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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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Removing switch that turns on / off the outlet

I have an outlet which gives electricity only when corresponding wall switch is on. I need to remove the wall switch because I need to put a cabinet on it's place. How do I make the outlet permanently ...
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USB wall outlet charger not working

By not working I mean even when installed in the simplest configuration, it does some sort of low power pulsating. It will cycle between charging and not charging a USB device every half second or so. ...
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Replace stacked 3-way switched on separate panel circuit

I have a stacked (dual) 3-way switch controlling lighting in my home. The lights are on separate panel circuits, one for the foyer and one for the 2nd floor. The switch that is in the box (2-gang, ...
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Lutron LED/CFL Dimmer switch turns lights off the wrong way, up is down and down is up. What's the problem?

I bought the $20 Lutron Dimmer Switch (TGCL-153PH-WH) from my local big box hardware store. It dims the Cree LED bulbs great. There is just one problem... no matter how I install the wires the switch ...
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How does an illuminated switch light up without a neutral

There are some illuminated switches that operate without a neutral. For a lamp that is lit when the switch is ON, I can envision a circuit diagram that has the switch lamp in series with the switched ...
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What's the best lubricant for a refrigerator water dispenser switch?

The water dispenser on my refrigerator sticks when you press it in. Sometimes it pops right out, and sometimes it stays in for 10-15 seconds. I've taken it apart a couple of times, cleaned it out, and ...
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3 way circuit options to indicate if circuit is active [duplicate]

I've got a couple switches controlling an exterior light which is not directly visible from either switch. That causes issues if, for instance, I am leaving during daylight hours and know I will be ...
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dimmensions of a decora insert

I am designing a temp sensor that I want to insert in a decora panel. I have googled this and cannot find anything from leviton and cannot tell if the size measurements on blank inserts include the ...
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Why do electricians prefer not to use the push-in connections on receptacles?

Why do electricians prefer not to use the back-stab or quick connect holes on switches and receptacles? If these were unreliable do you think they would be allowed by the NFPA and NEC?
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Is my two-way switch installation easily fixable? [duplicate]

I'm trying to fix an uncompleted installation of a two-way switch. One switch, the light and all the wiring have been installed by someone else, with whom we can't have any contact soon. I bought ...
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What about a light switch in the closet?

Okay you guys I have next question. And like all good questions this one begins with a story. I was reading the post about a nick in a wire and read a couple of you mention that light switch in a ...
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What type of switch will allow two lights to operate individually or all at once?

I have two sets of LED lights and I'm looking for a single switch that will allow for the following options: OFF LED set 1 ON LED sets 1 and 2 ON (both on) I don't have extensive training in ...
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Why won't my ceiling light turn off with the wall switch disconnected?

I want to install a ceiling light where previously only a box cover existed, no fixture. I connected the black wire to the black fixture wire, white to white, ground to ground. No other wires are ...
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Downgrading from a dimmer to a switch

I've seen posts about going from a switch to a dimmer, but not the other way around. I originally thought I could read those and do the opposite, but it seems that there are many ways houses can be ...
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Removing a leftover oil-burner safety switch?

When I converted from oil to gas heat, the contractors left the remote "emergency off" switch in the circuit. I've since been told that these are explicitly Not Recommended for gas furnaces. Is that ...
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How to wire three-way switches to light fixture with a fan?

I have a light fixture with a fan, and two switchboxes with space for two three-way switches each. I would like each switch box to have two switches, one which operates the fan and the other which ...
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Low cost wireless switch with current state function [closed]

I would like to know if there's low cost wireless swicthes like Hesunse or this, that could report current state wirelessly, if not how could i hack one of those switches to get current state through ...
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Why isn't this 3-way wiring working?

Below is a diagram that I drew to help me rewire a couple of switches. The left switch is a standard 3-way switch. The right switch Cooper 275W-BOX combination single pole and 3-way switch. The single ...
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Convert pair of 3-way switches to a one single-pole with neutral

I have a circuit controlled by a pair of 3-way switches wired like this: where there is 12/3 from the panel to the first switch box with the white not connected. I'd like to replace the switch in ...
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How can I wire a switch into an extension cord?

i am trying to make a extension cord with a kill switch in the middle thats going to be mounted to my desk, the cord has red(phase), black(neutral) and green(earth) wires, but the light switch has ...
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What can I do if I need another gang in a junction box but there isn't space in the wall?

I have a dual gang junction box installed in a space between 2 studs in the wall. I want to add swap the box for a 3-gang box to add another switch for a ceiling fan, however when I took the cover ...
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How would I wire a thermal circuit breaker and switch together?

I want to wire a circuit breaker and switch to a GFCI and some other outlets. This is for power outlets on a work bench. Something like: I have this for a circuit breaker: and this for a switch: ...
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How do I wire a switch with 9 wires in the box?

I have an odd wiring situation at one of my switches, and like a rookie took it all apart before taking a picture. I have 9 wires running into the box, 3 white, 3 black and 3 ground.The switch is a ...
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How do I wire this Leviton switch?

I have a new Leviton Decora Switch with built in pilot light (Catalog # 5618-2W). I want to replace a switch currently connected to two black wires. Three sets of wires come into the box. Each set ...
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How exactly does a 3-way switch work?

I just finished replacing all of the switches and outlets in my apartment, after fighting a long war with a weird 3-way switch. Needless to say, I won, but I'm still trying to grasp the concept of how ...
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How do I wire challenging bath situation

I have opened up my bath with studs and ceiling exposed. I have one power source going into the room. I have : Ventilation Fan/Light/Night light 3 switch for one gang box Vanity light that I wish ...
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How can I 'share' lights between multiple circuits?

I am installing a rectangle of 3 x 4 recessed can lights in the ceiling and would like to have 4 separate circuits where each individual row of lights can be illuminated by its own switch. This means ...
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bath exhaust fan light combo

I have a bathroom fan light combo controlled by a rotary timer. Can I get the light in the fan to operate with the switch for the vanity light in the same bathroom? Both switches are side by side.
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How can I wire switch to convert a regular outlet to half switch?

I have a junction box with 2 switches: - Right switch controls the ceiling fan. - Left switch does nothing, but the black(hot) wire is labeled "Fan". The white neutral wire is not attached. I'm ...
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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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How do I move my shower isolation pull cord switch?

My parents have an electric shower with an isolation pull cord switch, both in the bathroom. The switch has stuck, fortunately in the ON position. He'd like to replace it with a simple switch, moved ...
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Are these three-way switches?

I have 2 bedrooms and I want to replace the light switch for a dimmer. I though it would an easy job for a beginner like me but after I opened the first switch, I realized there was a 3 wires (I was ...