Electrical device used to open and close an electric circuit.

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Replacing 60-year old light switch - which wires go where?

A light switch in my house won't go to the off position, so I need to replace it. Every direction I've read about how to do this says to keep the wires in the same configuration (top, bottom, ground),...
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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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Looking to add a bath fan

I have a light that has power to it and then from there goes to a switch. So neutral is hot back to light so you can turn it off and on. Behind the switch in the box the power is split to 3 outlets. ...
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replacing a light switch

I have a light switch in the laundry room that has two white wires, one black wire. It had a problem with the switch so I decided to replace it. I bought a single pole switch, with 2 screws, and ...
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Why does my ceiling fan turn itself on at night?

We have a ceiling fan with three lights that came with the house, and that is operated by an electronic switch driven by a 9V battery and with 5 buttons: Hi, Med, Lo, Off (for the fan) and Light (a ...
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Receptacle Tester Showing Open Hot

The last 30 years we've lived in this house, we've had a problem with 1 of the bedroom's electrical receptacles. On the same wall, there are 2 receptacles about 10 feet apart on opposite sides of the ...
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Convert a switched receptacle to a non switched receptacle

This is a code question and I live in the US. Some background. My house originally had no overhead lights except for the bathrooms, kitchen and hallways. The rest of the rooms had just one switched ...
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How should I hook up my generator to a manual transfer switch?

I have a couple of questions about hooking up a generator to a manual transfer switch and I'm really hoping somebody with knowledge can help guide me here. The idea is I will have an exterior weather-...
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How to prevent blinking LED on a three way Lighted switch circuit with only one light fixture?

I have a stairwell that has only one wall sconce with two switches that are lighted when off. one upstairs, and one downstairs. I recently replaced Sconce, and added an LED 60 watt bulb; I triple ...
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Is there a simple way to convert from a pull switch to a toggle switched light fixture?

I would like to replace a bathroom vanity light fixture in 100 year old house. It currently has a pull string on/off switch. Is there a simple way to convert to a switched light fixture? The switch ...
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How can I control two ceiling fans and lights with one single pole switch?

I have two ceiling fans with two aftermarket light kits installed, all controlled from one single pole switch. So when switch is flipped, both fans and lights turn on or off at the same time. Only way ...
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What could cause lights to come on full strength then dim?

I just finished setting this up: There are actually 4 lights chained together at the end rather than just one. Once I finished I turned the circuit back on and tried out the switches. All of them ...
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2-wire switch loop controlling 2 outlets - replacing with 3-wire to fix?

I am in nearly this exact situation: Can I use a switch loop to power a ceiling fan? We are trying to install a fan, but instead of having a single duplex outlet on the same wall as the switch, we ...
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Light switch timer for outside lights

We just moved into a house that has outside patio lights controlled by 3 different light switches. I want to replace one of the light switches with a digital timer. What type of light switch timer do ...
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How do I know if a ceiling fan with light and the switch are wired correctly?

There was a old ceiling fan with light and remote in a bedroom of my house that didn't work. It also had a switch with 2 knobs that pushed in and turned labeled motor control and 300 w perm instld ...
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How do you weatherproof a light switch?

I have a switch that I would like to put in a workshop in a potentially damp location. It's not going to be outside in the rain, but it's entirely possible that at some point water might get splashed ...
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What could be causing me to occasionally hear an arcing sound when toggling a switch?

Several light switches in my house occasionally (<2% of the time) make an arcing sound when being switched on or off. Occurrence is totally random and as far as I can tell, uncorrelated with ...
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How do you wire a 3 switch box in a bathroom?

I'm replacing an old outdated 3 switch unit with a newer one to match the rest of the bathroom. One switch controls a light, one controls the exhaust fan, and the third controls a heating element. ...
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Replace single pole light switch with 12 gauge backstab

I would like to replace a single pole light switch in my family room, but the configuration is not one that I am familiar with. Other than the ground wire, there are 3 12 gauge wires in the following ...
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Can I control a 1500-watt electric wall heater with a motion-sensing switch?

I want to buy a 1500-watt electric wall heater with a built-in fan to supplement heat in a basement room. I want to wire it to an occupancy-sensor wall switch that I can turn off entirely in the ...
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How do I replace a 3-way switch on 2-wire cable with a programmable timer switch?

I'm using the same Honeywell Programmable Timer from my last question, but under different conditions. In particular, I'm replacing a 3-way switch on 2-wire cable. Here is a schematic showing the ...
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How do I replace a single pole light switch with a programmable timer switch?

We have a light switch box containing three single pole switches (no ground terminal) in the foyer near the front door. I would like to replace the light switch controlling the porch lights with the ...
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Fan switch not working ever since my husband fell against the wall/switches- should I replace the 3 gang box?

Okay, so first of all, this is pretty ironic! My husband was a Foreman/Journeyman Electrician and was pretty awesome at his trade. However, is almost 2 years into recovery from a brain injury (I left ...
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How can I install Z-Wave switches in these different situations?

I am trying to install z-wave lighting switches into my apartment. What I have discovered is that every light switch in my apartment that I have taken apart (4) is wired differently. The switches I am ...
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Installing switch with timer

I am trying to install a light switch with a built in timer to replace my original light switch. There are 2 switches side by side in the box but I only want to replace one. The setup currently has ...
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How can I install a Leviton timer switch in this box?

So i'm trying to replace the exterior light switch to a timer switch. On the same switch panel, there are two other switches which control the ceiling lights in the hallway. The dimmer in the center ...
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How do I wire a light switch and outlet in the same box?

I have a single gang box in a bathroom with a GFCI outlet. I'd like to replace it with a 2-gang box containing a GFCI outlet and a light switch for the vanity light. The outlet will have both ...
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Two lights & two switches, one light doesn't work?

Please could you advise me, why isn't second ceiling light working? Two lights and two switches, power does not appear to be going to second light, both switches are working. Have I wired first light ...
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How to wire multi-control rocker switch

What's the correct way to wire a multi-control rocker switch (e.g. Leviton 1755) that has three switches on one yoke with a common supply? What wire(s) do I run from the switches to each of the loads?...
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How can I independently control a light and fan, where only a single hot wire is used?

The apartment I live in was built with a ceiling fan installed, but the landlord replaced the fan with a model that has a light built in. He's put a controller in the ceiling that has fan and light ...
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Wiring issue for fan, switch and light

I have a fan, switch, light, and power wires. All have White, Black and Green wires. I can't seem to get the full lights, and full fan working correctly. Currently I have: Fan disconnected. Switch ...
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30amp power cord to 20amp breaker?

I am converting a cargo trailer into a camping trailer, including wiring it to have power from and RV hookup. The most common RV hookup is a 30amp. Since i don't really need the 30amp power, my plan ...
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How do I wire this 4-way light switch?

I have 3 switches that control the same light. One of them broke, so I replaced it. I can't get the light to work now. I got what looked like the same kind of switch from the store. It's a 15amp/120 ...
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This light won't turn on

So, I was around my partners house the other day and they have a light on the landing that does not work - I don't think it has ever worked since they moved into the house and being an electronic ...
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Installed Ceiling Fan, Now Light Switch Not Working Properly

Last night I switched a ceiling light fixture with a Ceiling Fan. Before it was just a light fixture and it was controlled from a switch on the wall; one of two switches on the same switch plate/panel ...
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My light switch make a loud noise when used slowly; does it need to be replaced / fixed?

I have a 3-way switch that controls 6 recessed CFL floods. One of the switches consistently makes a loud crackling / popping noise when used slowly. The other switch if played with slowly enough ...
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Mains switch or circuit breaker to turn off at zero voltage, for the home

I want a switch for mains electricity in my house. A switch that I can turn on and off as any normal switch, but that turns itself off when there is no power. The intended use is for a vanity unit ...
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How can I trace the wires of a circuit?

I have a switch on my bedroom wall that I believe is used to control the outlet on the same wall. However, the outlet has never worked, and the switch doesn't even seem to be connected to the wires in ...
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How should I wire this 3 switch box in my bathroom?

I have a 3 switch box and the bottom switch that controls the heater was broken so I replaced it and I can't remember how to wire it, tried 10-15 combinations and it still doesn't work, not sure how. ...
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Why would the magnetic switch on my refrigerator door trip when the freezer door opens instead?

This is pretty strange: a few months ago I moved into a new apartment with a Fisher & Paykel refrigerator (freezer on top). It's a fairly basic unit, and until today it worked OK. This morning I ...
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Troubleshooting 3-way switch

I'm having trouble with a three-way switch. (It may be 4-way, there are switches in my house I can't figure out). I don't recall if they ever worked properly. The light stays on regardless of the ...
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Dual relay motion sensor, only one relay active?

I have a bathroom with a fan and a light in it, the light is on one switch and the fan on another. Since the fan was an add on, they were put in a single gang box with two switches. I want to make ...
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Can I use a jumper from existing light switch to get power to 5 new lights?

I want to add 5 ceiling can lights. Can i use a jumper wire to jump from existing light switch to get power to new switch for can lights?
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Wiring a rocker switch with pilot light so light is on when switch is off

I have a single switch with a pilot light next to a two-function switch in a double gang box. They are both used to control a three function fan/light/night light in a bathroom. Everything is working ...
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Will this switch work for a lamp? [closed]

I'm building a custom desk lamp and was thinking of doing something "different" or "fun" for the switch. The lamp will look something like this with a few tweaks. The lamp will be used in the US. ...
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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 ...