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Most 3-way lighted switches work by adding a light between their line and load terminals: This actually causes a small current to flow through the load (light) -- with incandescent or fluorescent bulbs, it's not enough to actually cause the light to go on. But with your LED blub, it's enough to at least start the bulb. Your potential solutions: Replace ...


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The only product that I know of that will do what you want is the Lutron Maestro Light/Fan control. This product consists of a switch and canopy module. The switch will digitally talk to the canopy module over the single ungrounded wire and control lights/fan separately. The kits are one switch and one module but the switch can talk to 4 modules at once.


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You could install remote modules in each fixture, however, since there's only a single ungrounded conductor your options are limited. The easiest option might be to install the remote modules, and allow them to completely control each fixture. In this setup, the wall switch will turn everything on and off as before. But when the switch is on, the remotes ...


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The easiest-to-install solution to your issues is a length of 14/3 run in surface raceway and used as a switch loop. You'll want a circular raceway box at the light fixture, and a single gang raceway box at the switch, by the way. (Also note that the non-metallic raceway recommended by dfife's answer won't work here -- Legrand, for some reason, doesn't ...


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If you have attic access you can drill into the wall cavities from above and fish cable down to the fixture and to a new switch. For the switch, you'd use an "old work" electrical box, like the ones with tabs that open up and clamp against the back of the sheetrock (or lathe and plaster) when you tighten them.


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Good question. There's a couple of options you have (if I understand your question correctly): Tap into a power source (e.g., a receptacle), run the wire (typically behind the walls) to a switch, then run wire from the switch to the fixture. This is the standard approach (but may require an electrician). (See how-to-wire-it for examples of how to run the ...


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I determined that my power source was no good. I don't know exactly what is going on, but it seems to be coming from a switched outlet system in another part of the house. Easiest solution, tie up the old power source and find a different one that is cleaner. I found another circuit nearby that was barely used and is actually more spatially related to ...


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If you live in an apartment then the chance of your neighbor having the same fan is high. Try setting the dip switches on the fan receiver and remote to a new setting. Just make sure there're the same.


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It matters which one you replace, because that will determine which type of timer you need. One of those switches is going to be the "middle" switch, between the other two circuit-wise. That middle switch is a four-way switch, the two outside switches are three-way switches. You can determine which is which visually is you don't know the circuit layout - the ...


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According to the documentation for the switch you're using, a grounded (neutral) conductor is not required. The wiring diagram for your device looks like this If your device isn't working, it's possible that you've reversed the wires. Make sure the black wire from the switch is connected to the line wire, and the red wire is connected to the load wire. ...


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Since you have two circuits (i.e. two home runs from the electrical panel) in play here, you can't "combine" the switches in the manner you're thinking of. This leaves you with two options: You can buy a second RPLS540A EconoSwitch and install it in place of one of the 3-way switches for the outdoor lights as per the instructions. This is the simplest ...


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If you've replaced most of your lightbulbs with CFL or LED bulbs, they present a more inductive load to your power line than incandescent bulbs. This inductance, usually caused by a power converter inside the bulb, doesn't like it when the switch opens. This inductance will actually force current through the switch as it opens, causing a much larger arc ...


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This other answer might be worth a read. Whenever an electrical contact is opened or closed, there's a potential for arcing. As the gap between contacts decreases, the chances of an arc increase. The speed at which you actuate the switch makes no difference, since electricity flows much faster than you could ever move. There's likely nothing to be ...


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You have a single pole switch It is wired in a way that lacks quality workmanship, to save a moment's time, and a wirenut The top backstab (i like that much better than push-in) is connected electrically to the top screw. The backstab has almost no contact surface area, and this is the reason that they are frowned upon. So rather than making a pig-tail to ...


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Leviton ODS15-IDG Rated 1800 watts at 120 volts Single Gang Space $45 at Amazon


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Use a 24 Volt Occupancy Sensor in conjunction with a thermostat.


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You'll have to purchase a timer that is specifically designed to work as a 3-way switch. Or you'll have to rewire the other 3-way switch in such a way that it will no longer control anything. Since I can't see the wiring at the second switch, I'm guessing the wiring currently looks something like this... Which is sketchy, since there's no grounded ...


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I have seen the same problem with my York furnace. I squeezed in the connectors and now it is working OK.


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Based on what you've shown, you should be able to wire it up like this... However, those red Wing-NutĀ® twist-on wire connectors are only rated for a maximum of 6 #14 conductors. So you'll have to split up the neutrals in to two groups, and connect the groups with a pigtail between them.


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It's highly unlikely that the box itself is broken and causing this problem. What you should do next is remove everything from the box (label the wires first). Also remove each wire nut and put it back on, one at a time. In doing this, you may find a loose connection or wire nut. If not, then inspect each wire to make sure the plastic covering is intact. If ...



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