Electrical device used to open and close an electric circuit.

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replacing a light switch i discover too many wires in the wall? 3 bundles of wires and a ground wire?

I tried to replace a dimmer switch with a new one, when i discover too many wires in the wall? I have 3 bundles of wires and a ground wire in the wall now? are these bundles the other outlets being ...
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Light switch with 9 wires

I tried to install a dimmer today in the dining area and found my switch is very over complicated. The switch only controls one ceiling light but has nine wires inside. The 3 white wires are all ...
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Operation of two 3-way occupancy switches

Considering using occupancy switches for my basement. I have not worked with these before but they sound appealing as hands are often full with laundry baskets, etc. There is an existing conventional ...
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Why does my one-way switch have 4 wires?

My bedroom light is controlled by only one switch (as far as I'm aware of...), so I assumed my switch would only have 3 wires (current in, current out, ground). However I opened my switch and I saw 4 ...
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Install one dimmer switch which is one of two regular switches

We're purchasing (5) dimmable LED's for the kitchen and I'm now researching the dimmable switches. The lights are controlled by two switches on opposite sides of the room. Either one can turn off or ...
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Furnace reaches temp, shuts off but wont come back on

I have an American Standard furnace (natural gas)with a manufacture date of 2004. The thing won't come on unless I power it off (have a switch right beside it that serves this purpose), let the fan ...
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rewiring a basement light

I have a light switch in my basement that controls three lights how do I make each light come on with its own switch so do I I go from a three way switch to a two way switch on the main switch and ...
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3 way switch mystery

Hoping someone can help me figure out whatever it was was they did. I recently rewired a three way switch be eliminating one switch altogether and using the other as a typical switch. Everything ...
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Light Switch Replacement; 2 black wires, 2 attached white wires?

I'm trying to replacement my bathroom's light switch with a combo switch and outlet. It looks like this: However when I opened up my light box I had two black wires and two white wires. The two ...
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Type of switch?

I have a lamp shaped like a boat that has 2 separate bulbs. Dim bulbs in the cabin and a regular 45w lamp in the sail. The switch rotates to turn on either cabin, lamp, or both in that order. I need ...
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Electrical: Can a neutral wire just be capped?

In redoing my main level I have misplaced my electrical diagram showing what was there before I started (so annoying!). Now I am unsure if my new solution is safe or not. I have seen diagrams which ...
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led bulbs flash when turned on

I have a lamp designed for 6 12v g4 bulbs. I replaced all the bulbs with LED bulbs and the lamp only flashes on when I flip the switch. I replaced one of the LED bulbs with a halogen g4 and the entire ...
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Rewiring a switch controlled receptacle to a ceiling fan

I am trying to rewire our bedroom so that a switch that currently turns on/off a receptacle will instead control a ceiling fan and leave the receptacle always hot. Receptacle: Has 3 cables coming ...
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How do I make two wall switches work in coordination, wirelessly?

I remodeled my kitchen and added under cabinet lighting. The under the cabinet lights are controlled by a wall switch on one side of the kitchen. The overhead recessed can lights have a switch on ...
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Is this a valid layout for a stairwell light?

My pair of lights and pair of switches was working in my basement stairwell. I'm redoing the wiring because I added more switches but I can't get the stairwell lights working again. The only thing I ...
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Multiple wall switch wiring issue

I am replacing wall switches and unfortunately did not label the wiring before removing. I also changed 2 outlets that were switched on the bottom and always live on top to always live. Wires 2W &...
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How do I install an insteon light switch where wire colors don't match?

Electrical noob here. I know enough to turn off the breaker. I've read a couple of other answers and want to get a second opinion. I have three wires coming out of the existing switch socket, 2 ...
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tapping power from a 3 way switch to an adjacent 2 way switch

I have a ceiling fixture that is controlled through 2 3-way switches (power comes from the fixture not to one of the switches). in the same room, there is a set of wall light fixtures that are tied ...
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Can a low voltage light switch be located in a closet as opposed to outside 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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Turning light on turns power to fire alarm off

I have a ceiling fan connected to a two way switch. When I turn the ceiling fan/light on, the power to the hard wired smoke detector is cut off, whereas turning the fan/light off returns power to the ...
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Why would a replacement 3-way light switch cause the other switch to no longer work?

I just attempted to replace an existing three way switch (two switches controlling the same light), with one of these I hooked up the cables in the same way as on the old switch. The new switch ...
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What is this electrical junction box? (re: adding 3-way switch)

I'm trying to replace an existing switch (at the top of the basement stairs) with a 3-way switch by adding an additional switch at the bottom of the basement stairs. The existing switch box has 4 ...
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How do I add an electrical switch to a series of lights from an additional doorway? [duplicate]

My basement shop has been fully wired to operate by one power switch. I would like to add another switch to power up the shop by entering from another door.
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Why would the documentation say to wire a pole of the 3-way occupancy switch to ground?

I'm currently wiring up an occupancy sensor to a 3-way switch, I'm leaving one of the mechanical switches in place, and here is the wiring instructions. according to the instructions I need to wire ...
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Repurpose light switch to control surge protector?

I have a lone light switch lying around and thought it would be cool to use this switch to turn on/off a surge protector instead of the smaller switch on the surge protector. Can this be done? The ...
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How do change the wall switch for my ceiling fan from a variable fan/light combination to a single on/off switch?

I used to have a ceiling fan/light combination that was controlled by a wall switch the controlled both the fan speed and dimmed the light. I bought a new fan/light that is controlled by a remote ...
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How can I combine two switches on two circuits on 1 timer switch?

I just purchased my first house (new construction) and I got tired of remembering to switch the outdoor lights on/off every day. So, I got a Honeywell solar econoswitch, which is essentially a timer ...
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Removing light switch but keeping the power

I have a three switch outlet on my living room wall. the leftmost switch was to a can light above the mantel, the middle to the fan portion of the fan and the right to the light portion of the fan. ...
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Occupancy (motion) switch wiring question

I have a single-pole light switch that I want to replace with a motion-detecting occupancy light. It is a Leviton Motion Sensor, # IPS02. When I removed the old switch, I noticed that the switch only ...
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Why does my garbage disposal have a 3 way switch?

In my house I have what seems to be a plain two wire + ground flip switch for the garbage disposal. I need to replace the switch because we added backsplash tiling and want to better match the color. ...
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Would this be the correct way to add a timer switch to an existing fan with thermostat?

We have an existing 120V AC exhaust fan wired to simple inline attic fan style thermostat. We would like to add a timer switch so the fan could be manually turned on as needed. Would this be the ...
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Roadblock installing 4-way switch

I've been trying to install a four way switch setup for a ceiling fan using a Leviton z-wave control switch and two matching remotes. I've attached a copy of the wiring as it is currently set up. I'm ...
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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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Random light switch behavior

I have a light switch on my bedroom closet that exhibits erratic behavior: about half the time when the switch is flipped from off to on, the light remains off. Flipping the switch back off and on ...
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How can I replace a single pole light switch with Z-Wave light switch?

I'm trying to replace a single-pole switch with a z-wave switch. I'm new to electrical stuff, I understand a little of the terminology just from reading the black & decker wiring book. I turned ...
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How do I find out the correct pre-charge air pressure for my captive air water tank?

I have a Sears captive air water tank (model No. 390.29171) that stores water pumped from the well. When we took possession of the house, there was no water in the tank or lines, the water pressure ...
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Trying to understand why a light would be wired this way?

Just moved in to an older home with fiancé and WAS planning to change out a light fixture with a new ceiling fan. However after turning off light switch and breaker and proceeding to remove light ...
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Trying to Replace 3-Way Light Switch

I'm aware that the WeMo light switch does not work as a 3-way switch, but I had purchased it before opening up the existing light switch plate and understanding the wiring I would work with. Anyway, ...
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Why does my new switch keep tripping the breaker?

I am attempting to enable a light switch in a bedroom that had the wiring but had no ceiling light fixture and no switch (just a blank plate). However, I am running into an issue and I want to seek ...
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how can i set up dusk to dawn outdoor lighting ?

My digital in-wall electric timer will only work with a single pole configuration. My wiring currently has 2 switches/poles. The simplest option is screwing in an electric eye automatic light control ...
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How do I fix a light switch timer?

I have some auto-light switches in my home. The one in the image below has nothing in the LCD display and is non-operational. How do I fix that? Manual operation does not work either. Below the ...
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Where can I purchase push button electrical switches?

Our old house has push button light switches. I would like to find some modern replica switches and face plates for use in some electrical improvements. I have checked at our local home improvement ...
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Remote Triggered Switch for a Water Heater socket

I have a Water Heater ( 3 kW; 220 V; single phase) situated in one bathroom that has plumbing to service two bathrooms. Currently it is connected to a local wall outlet (15 Amp) in Bathroom-1 with ...
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Is this a “switched neutral” situation?

Replacing switches with new ones and wanting to add a zwave dual-relay while I'm at it. It's a 3 gang box and all are on the same circuit. I have an electronics background, but no electrical ...
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Why is my switch controlled receptacle always on?

I replaced the outlets and switches in a room. One outlet now has constant power, the switch no longer turns the power on and off (to control a lamp for example) as it originally did. For ...
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How can I eliminate one 3-way switch to leave just one switch on the lighting circuit it's on?

I have two sets of lights in my kitchen. At one end of the kitchen, I have a 2 Gang light switch which operates both sets of lights, and at the other end I have a single light switch which operates ...
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Why would a light switch be wired with the neutral wire?

I'm having trouble installing a WEMO wall switch. The light I want to use it on is a single on/off switch, not a 3 way switch. When I remove the face plate, the neutral wire is wired to the light ...
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Old Wiring to New Light Fixture With Switch

I bought a new light fixture to replace an old outdated light-bar the bathroom of my apartment. The building was constructed in 1926 so everything is super old. When I took the old fixture down, I ...
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Occupancy sensor immediately off after on

I attempted to install a Lutron 2 AMP occupancy sensor this weekend, replacing a simple single-pole switch. Installation seemed to be straightforward enough. However, when the time came to test it, ...
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How do I wire multiple light fixtures on their own switch on a Modular wall?

I have a wall that will be used to display vanities. This wall needs to be able to move around and hold 3 light fixtures. Those three fixtures each need their own switch. My thought was to install ...