Electrical device used to open and close an electric circuit.

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News Exterior Transfer Switch Location and Clearance

I finally got around to figure out the spot for a new transfer switch which I acquired some time ago, there aren't any choices since the transfer switch needs to be close to the meter. It is a small ...
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Replace light Switch with Zwave light switch

I have two light switches which control the same light (is this known as a 3way connection?). I would like to replace one of the switches with a Z-wave light switch so I can incorporate the light in ...
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Wall Outlet with three sets of wires!

have another issue with another outlet in this very improperly done house I just bought. During my slow replacing of all the wall outlets, I came across this new one which has me baffled on how to ...
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Light fixture powering other lights / garage door opener?

This is very confusing to me. The situation is like this... there's one light switch in the garage. This switch turns the light inside the garage on and also the lights on the outside of the garage. ...
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Wiring two lights and two switches using a single 14/3

Trying to wire 2 fixtures with power coming in at one of them. Can I run a single 14/3 from powered fixture to 2 gang switches, then branch from the powered fixture to the remote one? Thanks for any ...
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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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Need help wiring a 3-way Honeywell digital timer switch

I recently posted a request for help to wire a Woods 59018 digital timer switch, which I learned was not a three way switch but could be used an override-ON. Unfortunately the directions I followed ...
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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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Correct way to rewire for a ceiling fan + light from a switched outlet

I want to know if this is the correct way to do this. There is a switch that controls a single receptacle in a double receptacle outlet across the room. Power comes into the switch box via 3-wire ...
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Why would three-way switch travelers both show as hot?

We have a three-way switch setup to control our living room light. Our staircase is on the far wall of our living room and one switch is downstairs while the other is at the top of the stairs. The ...
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Is it possible to convert a switched light into a non-switched outlet? [duplicate]

I am installing an overhead automatic garage door opener. My only power source close to where I will be hanging the motor is an overhead light socket that is operated by a switch on the wall next to ...
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Ceiling fan won't work

I accidentally slammed a sock down down the chain switches and the lights just went out. It didn't touch the bulb or anything up the fan. So the sock slid down the chain, more like rubbed, and no ...
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Three-way from two panels

My home used to have a three-way circuit setup to control the upstairs hallway light from downstairs. However the home was built in 1930 and had old knob and tube wiring. The last owners renovated the ...
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Adding a switch to control a basement light

Had an old ceiling light socket in an un-finished basement that had used a pull chain (before it broke). Recently replaced it with a new plain socket, but there is nothing to turn it on and off except ...
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GFCI installation in bathroom switch box doesn't work as expected

My bathroom wall switch controls the old light above the old medicine cabinet but it only has 1 cable with a black and a white wire. I took off the old switch and put the black wire on the hot side of ...
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How to install timer on 3-gang switch

I am a newbie to tackling electrical projects and need some help. Thanks in advance! I am trying to install a Defiant digital timer for my garage flood light. The garage light switch is just inside ...
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Can I put 15 amp switches on 12 gauge wire

We're finishing our basement and doing the electrical ourselves. We have a bathroom that we ran 20 amps to, 12 gauge wire, but we only have a few lights in there. The lights definitely won't be using ...
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Issue with installing 3 way smart switch [duplicate]

I just installed a new 3 way "Smart" switch, which allows you to control your lights automatically with your smart phone via the Wink hub. I have one light switch at the end of a hallway, and another ...
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Issue with using a smart 3 way switch, with a normal 3 way switch

I just installed a new 3 way "Smart" switch (the type used in home automation where you can control lights using your smartphone and various apps.), which allows you to control your lights ...
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No ground wire connected to the 3-way switch

I am no expert in electrical stuff as i have never done it before. We recently moved into a new house and i don't really like the look of the old switches. I was looking around them and i noticed the ...
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Hot wire splits into two neutrals that take different routes back to panel; is this legit?

I discovered this in the course of replacing an old ungrounded receptacle with a GFCI. I connected a run of lights controlled by three-way switches (two switches) to the load side. Afterwards, as soon ...
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Replacing a single pole switch but discovered 3-way behind faceplate

Please help! I'm replacing a bunch of switches for my home automation project. I got to the exterior flood lights and ran discovered a 3-way switch where I only expected a single pole. I searched ...
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2 switches in one box in bathroom

I have 2 switches in bathroom in on box. 1 switch controls the light and the other switch controls the bathroom fan. I believe power comes in to light switch then to fan switch. How do I change out ...
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3 way dimmer in 4 way circuit

I have a Legrand (Pass & Seymour H703P) dimmer that I installed in a 4 way circuit. This dimmer has its common connected to the line so it's 1st in the circuit line and not in the middle or end. ...
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Voltage not detected on either switch terminal when switch is turned on

I am in the process of replacing switches in my 1920's home which was renovated in 1970. While doing so I am creating notes of what wires exist and do not exist in each box. I found a light switch ...
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Replace Light Fixture with outlet

I have a projector I plan on mounting to the ceiling in my basement. It just so happens that I have an unused light fixture receptacle which had been covered with a plate, right next to where I am ...
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Checking light switch for grounding problems

I have a light switch in my building that frequently gives me a "shock" when I push it. The shock seems to come from the two mounting screws. It has a photoelectric sensor that turns the light off ...
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Are there “uncommon” 3-way switch wirings?

We have a 3-way switch in the garage that I would like to upgrade to a Lutron Maestro 3-way occupancy sensor. I have tried (and failed) to do so twice now... and I'm pretty handy. I'm starting to ...
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Replacing switches with connecting wire

I live in a home that was built in the 1960s. The switch for the front porch light started to go out and sizzled when turned on. I replaced another switch in the house that had the same problem. ...
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3-Way switch help!

First time posting on this part of StackExchange. I'm trying to replace upstairs/downstairs lighted Leviton Decora 3-way switches that control one light upstairs with GE Z-Wave On/Off 3-Way Light ...
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Do I NEED to use correct colors when wiring always?

What I am wondering is if there is any code that is violated if the wrong colors are used in wiring outlets? For example, it is standard to use white as neutral and black as power but if I only had ...
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Wiring a remote control switch?

I recently bought a Chinese remote control switch using radio frequency, it's great but has a problem (note I am a newbie), I have a light switch receiving a hot wire only and giving it to the light ...
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6 Terminals Coming Off Switch?

I have a switch in a ceiling fan's wiring. It controls the direction of the fan. So it's a two position switch, but it has 6 terminals coming off of it! Is this switching the phase and the neutral ...
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Changing switch to dimmer (UK)

Right in the middle of this job and realised I don't know what I'm doing. I'm in the UK. I currently have a Crabtree switch (which I believe is called a single gang two way switch) on a light on my ...
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How do I rewire a switched receptacle and make it permanently hot

I have a light switch that controls the top half and bottom half of a nearby receptacle. How do I disconnect this switch and make both halves of the receptacle permanently hot? There are other ...
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Replacing light switch with dimmer switch… white wire?

On a three gang switch, I'm replacing a single pole light switch with an electronic dimmer and a second single pole light switch with a WeMo switch. The third switch is getting replaced with a ...
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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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Hue Compatible Wall Switch? [closed]

I have a bunch of Hue bulbs throughout the house. Most are controlled via your standard wall switch. This is, of course, sub-optimal; with the wall switch off, the Hue lamp can't be remotely ...
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Simple 3-way countdown timer switch

I've reached the end of my rope with family members who won't turn off lights. I'd like to replace several light switches in my house with switches that just turn the lights off after 30 or 60 ...
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How can I wire two closets from one power source?

We have two closets side by side. Ran black/white/green wires from power source to closet 1 light, then closet 1 switch, then to the closet 2 light, then closet 2 switch. Whoops. Obviously now the ...
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Seperating bathroom light and exhaust fan on single switch

I have a single switch that turns on both the bathroom light and a separate exhaust fan at the same time. I want to change this to be able to power them on independently via dual rocker or two ...
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Connect 1 power source to 2 sets of 2-light switch

Based on the diagram in this thread Link: How do I wire two lights with a switch? or ascii: Power source First Light Second Light Switch | | | | | | ...
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3 way switch with multiple outlets

I'm wiring the new workshop and want to use 3 way switches to control four outlets running across the ceiling for plug in lights. Right now, each switch is functioning like a single pole, turning ...
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Are all of these wirings code-acceptable for 3-way switching overhead lights?

So, i have a single switch by the garage door controlling the overhead lights like so: and i would like to add a switch by the other door (shown) and wire it for 3-way control of the lights. I'm ...
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Are all rectangular outlets, switches, and plates the same dimensions and interchangeable?

Do I need to make sure my switches, plates, and outlets are from the same manufacturer or can I mix and match? I'm referring to the rectangular decora-style and wasn't sure if there'd be slight ...
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Fan switch compatibility

How do I determine if I need to use a manufacturer's fan switch or if I can use an off-the-shelf fan switch? E.g. I would like to buy an Emerson Loft fan and Emerson Curva fan and control them with ...
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Always On (Closed, Loaded) Temporary Timed Off Switch

In my backyard I have a couple of motion activated PIR lights. I also have string lights across the yard that need to be plugged in to turn on. What I would like to do is this. I would like to have a ...
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Switched outlet keeps tripping breaker

Re-wiring the garage and running into an issue with a switched outlet. The outlet is in the middle of the run (after a GFCI and before a single ceiling outlet for the door opener). I've split the ...
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Three-way circuit turns on/off randomly

My upstairs hallway lights are controlled by a three-way switch circuit. There are three switches to control two dome lights. One switch at the bottom of the stairs, one at the top and one at the end ...
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Safely fit new bathroom pull switch to existing wiring

We moved into a house that has a bathroom pull switch (surface mount box - is that a 'pattress'?) dangling from the ceiling by a couple of inches of wires. I think when we moved in it was flush with ...