Electrical device used to open and close an electric circuit.

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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 ...
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Three-way switch problem, potentially faulty

I have a fairly specific question related to three-way switches. While I understand in principal how they work and how to wire them (I think anyway), my specific wiring is not generating the expected ...
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Controlling two fixtures on same circuit independently

I currently have an existing loud bathroom and a ceiling light on he same circuit. The wiring goes from the switch to the ceiling box and then to the fan. Both of these are controlled by the same ...
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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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Dimmer switch issue

I have two ceiling lights in my lounge which are controlled together by the same switch. I currently have a dimmer switch and a dimmable LED bulb in each fitting. They work fine although when i switch ...
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Should a 12V DC dimmer switch produce 24V AC on the output?

I bought a 12V DC dimmer switch for LED strip lighting. The input to the dimmer switch is regulated (from a switching power supply) 12V DC and produces no AC voltage in the "INPUT" points to the ...
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What is this switch plate cover with a pyramidal bulge across the top of the plate?

We were trying to replace old switch plate covers at our new house when we came across one that is a type I've never seen before. It's a light switch cover that looks like an ordinary cover except for ...
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Replacing a PIR light switch with a timer switch

I thought I'd try to be all helpful around the house and replace the PIR light switch in my dad's room with a simpler timer switch. After flipping the breaker, I pulled out the PIR and found that ...
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wall outlet when bottom is tiled and top is drywall

Our handyman may have planned poorly when tiling the bottom half of our bathroom wall. The light outlet's bottom is within the tiled area, white the top half is within the drywall. There is a space ...
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Home Light Automation - Emulate 4 way switch with relay

I've been thinking of ways to do home automation that is somewhat future proof (hardwired); and the best idea I have is to use relays for lights on a 3 way switch circuit. Put in a dual pole dual ...
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Replace 1 gang 2 way with 2 gang 2 way

I currently have downstairs in the hall, a 2 gang 2 way switch that has 5 wires, two red wires coming from 1 cable, and 3 wires (red, blue, yellow) coming from a second cable and they are wired to ...
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How can I tell what dimmer switch to use with LED lights?

I replaced the halogen GU10 bulbs in my kitchen with LED bulbs... I'm really pleased with the results but as the bulbs I bought are dimmable, how do I know what dimmer switch I can use? I did try ...
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How can I separate the fan and the light in my bathrooms?

We've got four bathrooms, all wired so that the light and the (extremely loud) fan are on the same switch. Each one appears to have two blacks wires (both connected to the switch, different screws on ...
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Why is the red (common) wire giving me a shock?

I was replace a 3 way switch and noticed when I touch the red ( common ) wire while it's connected to the switch I get a little "buzz" or shock. I was curious if this is normal. Obviously while ...
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Need a water sensor/switch for basement that I can interface to a PC [closed]

What I want is something that detects the presence of water, and sends a signal. It will be used to detect when the main drain in the basement gets clogged so that I can take preventative measures ...
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What type of switch is this?

I am trying to replace the switch in my space heater, but am unsure what type it is to do a search for it. It has three terminals one one side and 2 on the other. This part is from a Duraflame heater ...
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How do I replace a dimmer switch with a single switch?

I'm trying to replace a dimmer switch with a regular light switch. The same box also has another dimmer and fan control switch next to the one I want to replace. The dimmer has 2 wires, a pink and ...
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New Fan Switch Grounding Cable issues

I installed a new switch for a new ceiling fan. For power, I pigtailed the 3 wire cable to my new switch from an existing light switch. My problem is with the newly installed ground cable. The 2 ...
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Ceiling Fan - Single Switch, but Dual Switch installation

I have a two switch plate & installed a ceiling fan using dual switch instruction (white/white, black/ungrounded, blue/ungrounded). Fan & light work fine from one switch, but I learned second ...
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How to identify the purpose of this switch?

I have three switches in a box. One controls the light on the ceiling fan and one controls the ceiling fan. I cannot figure out what the third switch is used for. I thought it might have controlled ...
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How to control a dimmable LED light?

I was thinking of attaching a simple dimmable LED light strip to the ceiling of my room. Ideally the finished look is to have a 20 meter long strip fit around the ceiling nested and hidden from view, ...
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How can I wire a GFCI combo switch so that the switch controls the receptacle?

I want to install a Cooper Combination Switch/Receptacle GFCI device. Everything I've seen shows the switch controlling a light or garbage disposal and the outlet always hot. I want the switch to ...
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How do I wire a 3-way motion sensor?

I am trying to install a motion sensor switch on a 3-way switch in my laundry room. both 3-way switches function normally if I use them now. One 3 way switch, we will call it #1, is by itself. It has ...
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How to install this double switch

After totally re-shape my stairwell i got some issue to re-cable my double switch. I tried a lot of combinaisons, read some docs but nothing works... Here is the settings: That switch is a double ...
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How do I wire a switched outlet with the switch downstream?

Can I simply use the same switch loop technique as with a light? in combination with this: replacing the light with the final outlet?
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Where do I run neutral from/to when replacing a SPST switch with one that requires neutral?

I have a basic/good understanding of electrical wiring and I'm taking all necessary precautions. My research indicates that the old setup does not have a neutral going to the box, and that since the ...
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5 ampere to 15 ampere

I want to ask two questions done go on title. I'm from India. Can I connect 15 ampere switch in 5 ampere socket. If I want to replace a 5 ampere socket to 15 ampere will the 15 ampere socket work ...
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Do I need a special receptacle when more than the standard number of wires need to be connected?

I've got two regular wall outlets controlled by one single pole switch. I want to replace them with new ones, and thought I just needed to grab a couple duplex plugins for them. Except there's more ...
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Stack Switch Problem in Bathroom

I have a bathroom with a single switch that simultaneously turns on the light and fan. I wanted to put in a double stack switch to allow independent control of the light and fan. Behind the old ...
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What could be causing my three way switch to malfunction?

Ok we recently moved in. There is a problem with our kitchen three way switch. I have not opened the box yet, but feel comfortable doing so, and working with a volt meter and what not. Here is the ...
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What would cause a Spur Switch light to go off when the device is turned on?

I have a fused spur switch in my kitchen with a dishwasher attached. Recently the dishwasher stopped turning on, so I removed it from the bay and noticed two things. The neon light is quite dim. ...
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Can I put a switch in after a GFCI and still have proper protection?

I am about to install a fan in the shower stall. It is code to do so as long as the fan is GFCI protected. However, I don't want the switch that controls the fan to turn the receptacles on and off. ...
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Should a timer switch 'reduce' load?

I bought a Leviton Decora Present Electronic Timer Switch...the kind with several button each set to different minutes for a bath fan. The fan is just a cheapo whatever-the-builder-got-in-bulk fan. ...
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How do I update two 2-wire switches housed in a single box? Both switches are combination switch and PILOT light

I have a very OLD wiring so it isn't clear how to install my new switch per the provided wiring diagram. I have 2 COMBINATION SWITCHES, each has a switch and a pilot light on them housed in a single ...
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“Walk/Don't Walk” street sign wired into bathroom light

I have a game room type area that has it's own bathroom. Above the door to the bathroom I would like to place one of those "Walk/Don't Walk" street signs. I would like the "Don't Walk" to be wired ...
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What is the best way to solve my unusual lighting and wiring challenge?

I moved into a home where the wiring is fairly modern (from the 1980s) but some unusual choices were made in the wiring. At some point, someone put in a lot of single pole switches that didn't work ...