Questions tagged [switch]

For questions about switches, i.e. electrical devices used to manually open and close an electric circuit on a routine basis.

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What would be the cleanest way to wire a wyze security camera from a light switch in a staircase?

I am planning to install a wyze security camera at the top of a staircase. There is a light switch right there I can draw from. Was thinking about wiring a romex from the light switch to the ceiling. ...
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Removing light switch from 3-way setup

I'm definitely lacking in electrical skills, so please help me out on the right procedure here. I have two switches controlling one light. I'd like to REMOVE SWITCH A and completely control with ...
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Moved old switch, now a different switch is flipping breaker

We have three switches to our floodlights. One switch is in a panel with three other switches. Those three In the were moved recently, including the floodlights switch. Now, since the move, a ...
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Can I oil a push button light switch?

I have a circa 1920 push-button light switch which sticks occasionally. The push buttons move fine, but sometimes the blade switch inside doesn't flip unless the button is pressed very hard. I'd ...
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Jean-air Cooktop Element always on high

Model S 125. I order a new infinity switch from Jean Air but the new part also maintains the element on high. Can the new switch be defective also? Is there a way to test the switch?
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How to get new wire into old box in plaster wall?

I'm rewiring my house, which was built in 1921. I need to bring new cable to a triple-wide switch box (see photos). I cannot push the old knob & tube wire out through the knockouts--it must be ...
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Changing toggle switch (4 wires) to Caseta dimmer switch (3 wires)

I am changing a toggle switch 4 wires (including ground) to Caseta Dimmer 3 wires (Including ground). How do I attach the wires, please?
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Two black wires connected into a single black wire in light switch box

I pulled out a one-way dimmer light switch in a bedroom in order to replace with another dimmer switch. Within the switch box, there were two black wires connected together, with another single black ...
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Dual LED Compatible Dimmer Switch [closed]

I'm working on the finish and trim stage of a full renovation and am running into a figurative wall - I can't seem to locate an LED compatible dual dimmer switch. I had planned on using the Lutron MA-...
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Outdoor Fan on GFCI Switch

I just replaced an outdoor ceiling fan/light on a gfci circuit, and once we completed the work and re-energized the circuit, my light switch will not move so I can test or turn on the fan. The GFCI ...
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Convert a Hunter Fan (with light) from a wireless remote control to two wall switches

I have a Hunter 21621 that I got for free. Based on the documentation it came with a wireless remote control and a receiver/switch (which is connected between the house wiring and the fan), but the ...
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How to wire a ceiling fan to a switch that controls outlet

Switch has only 3 wires. 1 black, 1 white, 1 neutral. They are coming from outlet. No other incoming power source. Outlet has a source to the bottom half. Top half is controlled by the switch. ...
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Bedroom light turns on when hallway light is turned with new Smart Switch

I replaced a normal dimmable light switch in a bedroom with a smart dimmable light switch. But now when I turn on the dimmable normal three-way hallway light switch it also turns on the bedroom light, ...
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Help reconnecting light to existing ceiling box wiring

I had to replace an improperly used plastic ceiling box with a metal box to correctly ground existing old armored cable. I thought I took a picture of the box before but I don't have it so I'm having ...
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Heater does not start without a power reset

I have a Bonaire MB3-20I and it won't turn on unless I go in the roof and turn the socket off and then on again. When this is done, it stays on for as long as needed, but when we turn the heating off ...
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Crooked light switches in loose electrical box needs fixing

I recently replaced 2 rocker switches in an existing electrical box and they are both crooked (inward) and look like garbage. They also don't feel that nice as they are indented and not flush, so ...
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Replacing light switch with motion sensor switch

I am trying to replace a light switch with a neutral required motion sensor light. (occupancy sensor). The motion switch has a black, red, white and green wire connected to it. Upon taking off the ...
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Why does light switch not use ground wires inside of box?

I was replacing some toggle type light switches to rocker type and ran into something I thought was unusual. There were 3 switches boxes (2 boxes had 1 switch, and the other had 2 switches) I was ...
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Help creating a half hot switch: 3 sets of wires

I know this has been asked a few times before, but I am having trouble finding an answer thread in my combination. I have 3 sets of wires in 1 outlet 15A. The outlet is currently controlled by a ...
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Seeking advise on replacing light switches (1-way, 2-way, 1-gang etc) (UK)

I would like to replace some wall switches ("like for like", circled red in the picture below) These are for overhead lights but i have confused myself with whether I need 1-gang, 2-gang, 2-way etc.....
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One light with two switches, changed one to dimmer, blew fuse

I have a kitchen light that had two different switches on either side of the kitchen. I replaced the light with a dimmable LED mount and changed one switch to a LED comparable dimmer which works great ...
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Multiple LiftMaster 882LMW

Can two LiftMaster 882LMW multi-function control panels be wired in parallel? Has anyone looked at the PCB to see what it is populated with? The opener is a LiftMaster 8365W. Thank you.
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Trying to find a way to shut the power off in the detached garage without having to go back to the house to turn off the breakers

Each wire is already ran and hooked up to lights and outlets it was ran underground with pvc in to the detached garage
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How can I get this light fixture to light up?

Summarize the problem After replacing several light switches on the same circuit (one switch at a time), one light fixture will no longer light up. The light fixture is controlled by two three-way ...
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Should I replace “backstab” light switches?

I've seen multiple mentions on this site about how bad "backstab" connections are. I recently replaced a switch for a fan with a timer, and the switch had backstab connections instead of screws (the ...
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Help with replacing a light switch

I’ve changed multiple switches around the house but I have come across one in the kitchen that has me confused. The light switch has two red wires and one black. I tried connecting the new one ...
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Flipping switch (by itself) trips breaker

I have a 30A 240V circuit breaker I have added to the panel to run a saw. From the breaker, it goes to a switch on the wall, which is high enough that the kids cannot reach. Using a multimeter, I have ...
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Is it okay to mount this switch with a metal box?

I am mounting a bathroom vent onto a piece of plywood. I took a 3 prong extension cord and cut the end off and wired it into the vent. The other end of the cord will be plugged in to a receptacle. ...
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Bathroom light switch turns off kitchen light randomly

My kitchen and bathroom share a wall. The switches in both rooms are not set up in an intentional 3-way switch setup. If my kitchen light switch is on, turning the bathroom switch to either on or off ...
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Appropriate wall controller for two fans

I'm preparing to install two ceiling fans in an especially large room. Prefer that they both operate from a single switch. Fans are Tidal Breeze 56 inch , 0.52 amps per fan in high. I thought I'd ...
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Does my light switch require a ground wire?

I'm trying to install a new light switch from a plastic one to a metal one. I don't have a ground wire nor is the back box grounded. Do I need to connect it to a ground?
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TWO ORIGINAL SWITCHES - ONE three-way and one single cant figure out wiring for SAFE UPGRADE

(I'll attach photos and a diagram) I read through other posts on switch upgrades and learned a lot - thank you! My switch upgrade seems similar, but slightly unique and I can't figure out correct ...
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Re-wiring a Lightswitch

I am looking to "close" a light switch that controls an outlet so the circuit is always on. What wires do I need to connect? There are two black wires and one red wire connected to the switch, with ...
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2 Switches + 2 Light Fixtures = a problem that needs help!

My husband and I recently decided to build a small pantry closet in our kitchen/dining room area. We decided that the pantry needed a small light. We changed our 1 gang box to a 2 gang box that ...
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How to protect the wires when the electrical box is mounted on a 2x4 stud?

The interior 2x4 wall will have drywall on both sides. The light switch box has wires coming in/out are almost to the back of the stud. How do I protect them as they will not be 1 1/4 inch from the ...
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Single 14/3 wire for 2 independent switches

I have 2 switches in the same box and each switch controls a single light independently. I want to replace each switch with a dimmer. Each dimmer will control 4 LEDs. However, the only available wire ...
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Two 3-way switches; each with lead to light

I have a single switch C, 3-way switches A and B, and 2 lights. One box has A & C with 14-2 power in and 14-2 wire to light from C. A & B are connected by 14-3 wire. Switch B has 14-2 wire to ...
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Installing occupancy switch in a 2 gang scenario

I'm attempting to install Lutron Maestro (no neutral required) It has 4 wires, 2 black, 1 green and 1 bare. The switch which needs to be replaced has 3 wires attached that come from the wall: green ...
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Dining room light comes on when using an outlet

I have a free standing pantry with an outlet and a light switch on it. light switch works just fine. The problem is when I use the outlet I.E. plug the vacuum or anything else into it and power it ...
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Remove 3 way switch

I think I have my plan but wanted to run it by the smart guys on this forum. I am looking to remove a 3 way switch as part of a kitchen remodel. Actually 2 of them but the wiring/process should be ...
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How can I get a neutral wire for this switch?

This switch is in my garage and controls lights at the end of my driveway. I want to replace it with a smart switch that requires a neutral wire. I've learned that I can't steal a neutral wire from ...
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Does this wiring for the addition of a switch to bypass the PIR look correct?

Is that correct?]2]2[]2I have wired a 120v water valve with a motion sensor and it works fine (see top photo). I want to add a switch (see bottom photo) that will bypass the PIR(motion sensor)for ...
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Bathroom Light / Fan Switches - Changing Switch Controls

I have two switches in my bathroom. The first controls two lights, the second controls a fan. I would like to change it so that the first switch controls one light, and the second switch controls a ...
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Led, light replacement to ABB 1062UC-84 dimmer switch?

I am trying to find a part to the switch ABB 1062UC-84. Unfortunately, ABB does not seem to have stocks for them. What is the preferred way to replace burnout switch with dimmer light when they burn ...
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How to wire a standard switch from a dimmer switch?

I’m replacing my dimmer switch with a standard switch. I have a black, white and ground wires coming out of the wall. Some of these wires were somehow tied together but I don’t recall how.
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Garbage Disposal Rewiring and Switch to outlet transition

I'm a new guy here. So I'm in process of upgrading my sink and would like to install an air switch for my garbage disposal (GB). As of right now, I have a regular flip switch that operates the GB. ...
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Convert Double Gang Switched Half Hot Outlets to Always Hot w/USB

Our bedroom has two double outlets. One outlet of each four is controlled by a single wall switch (in this switch it's the bottom left). The other three outlets are always hot. See wiring diagram. ...
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Can I just cap the red wire from a dual switch to install a ceiling fan without a light?

I am replacing a ceiling light with a ceiling fan NO light. There is a dual switch at the wall to accommodate a ceiling fan with a light. There are 4 wires at the ceiling ground, red, black and white. ...
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How much can you overload a light switch?

I'm looking at buying some of these smart light switches. They say max 300W per gang, but my bathroom has two heater lamps which combine to 550W. On a scale of "eh it's well within safety margin" to "...
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Trying to wire a new light fixture in the bathroom - what is going on with these wires?

In my bathroom, I currently have: one electrical outlet, one light fixture, and one fan. There are two switches at a 2-gang box (for the fan and the light). The fan is a simple fan without any other ...

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