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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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Is my 4-way switch replacement job safe and up to code?

I recently replaced a 4-way light switch setup with a smart dimmer setup (GE Enbrighten 14294 and GE Add-On 12723) and wanted to check wanted to check that everything I did was safe and up to code (...
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Rewire switched bathroom receptacle to always be hot

I currently have a light switch in my bathroom that controls the light and also the only outlet. Can I remove the bypass the switch so the outlet stays hot or do I need to run a new line for the ...
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14/4 cable use in switches for vent fan and light combination

This post is similar (but different) to one I posted previously, and I got great answers at that time. This is a different bathroom: I currently have an overhead bathroom light with a single pole ...
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Is there a dimmer light switch with secondary constant 120V output?

I have a vent fan and an overhead light in my bathroom. They are currently tied to one standard light switch. When that light switch is in the "on" position, the vent fan and light are both powered on....
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Can I operate a well pump with no pressure tank by using the breaker as a switch?

Working on my cabin. Have a drilled well about 100 feet away (maybe a bit more, uphill). 1 inch black PVC well pipe comes into dirt crawl space, pier construction, under cabin. I brought it ...
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Name that mystery switch!

I've seen other similar questions (How to trace mystery switches), but I have some more details: This is in a master bedroom There is a 2 gang box right near the inside of the door - one switch (...
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Safe to combine GFCI switch with non-GFCI switch?

I have two switches by the front door. One controls the exterior door light. The other controls a light on a pole by the driveway. I want to replace the two switches with a single timer switch that ...
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Wiring in switch which turns on half outlet with no neutral

I have a weird situation with the wiring in a switch box. I am adding a ceiling fan to the room and would like to replace the existing switch which powers an outlet with a double switch. One that ...
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2 way switches controlling 1 outlet [on hold]

I have a dust collector in my shop and I want to run 6 @ 2 way switches to operate 1 @ 20 volt outlet... The outlet would be there to plug in the dust collector, just 110 volt, I then want to run ...
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Switch with 2 black, 2 white, 2 ground and 1 red wire connected to ceiling light and a receptacle?

I am living in a condo and the owner has asked me to replace a switch from a dimmer to single pole to operate a ceiling fan. Upon inspection the ceiling fan has one 14/2 cable coming in with a black ...
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Is my plan to add a neutral wire to a switch box ok?

I'd like to add a neutral wire to an old switch box so that I can install a smart switch that needs a neutral wire. I have a mud room and porch that each have a light fixture. The lights are ...
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Bad Portable AC Unit Plug Circuit

Model: LG LP1414GXR The unit was running fine but it appears the plug circuitry overheated and went bad. Is it okay to replace the existing plug by cutting it off at the end and replacing it with a ...
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Can I replace a fan timer with one having duration options beyond one hour?

We have a dial that only goes up to an hour to control our fan so we are continuously getting up and turning it for another hour. Can this be replaced with a longer timer dial, like 12 hours?
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Unable to properly wire timer to old light switch with one “white?” Wire on top and one looped black wire

Top wire is painted white. bottom wire is looped. Timer has screws for line, load, neutral and ground. What goes where? I am getting power but only half the light output with one part of black loop ...
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Outlets no longer controlled by switch

When we moved in we replaced all outlets with Tamper Resistant ones. We had an outlet on the left side of room that was half controlled by a switch. We wanted both outlets controlled so we left the ...
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Stranded aluminum on outdoor light switch

I currently have a light switch with stranded aluminum wire wrapped around the screws with electrical tape over over the screws and wire ends. It controls all 3 of my outdoor lights. I want to ...
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Odd wiring at switch. Please help

I plan to run a ceiling fan/light to this switch which is already connected to an outlet. Can you explain this wiring and if it is safe? I don't understand how or why there is a black wire sitting ...
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remove single pole switch that control outlet

I have a light switch (single pole) in my dining room that controls an outlet. I want to separate the switch from the outlet while still providing power to the outlet. The switch I would like to use ...
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Can 14/3 wire, with all three conductors hot, be the only cable in a switch box?

I currently have a bathroom light and a single pole switch at the door. The power for the light first comes into the ceiling box directly above the light. The hot is tapped in right there by using the ...
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Why do I have 5 cables (/3) feeding 2 light switches?

I went to change out a light switch expecting an easy job but I found a mess of spaghetti looking and I don’t know where to start. I’ve attached pictures and am willing to answer all questions. The ...
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Light switch arcing. Is this a fire hazard?

H, I am new here. I have a few questions about some electrical stuff. I live in a late 80s mobile home (87-89). It is a 2 bed one bath. The light switch in the bathroom is pretty worn out and gets a ...
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Replacing and old switch

I am in the process of replacing a regular switch that controls the light in my bedroom with a motion sensor switch and I am a bit baffled by the way it looks. As you can see in these pictures, it ...
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Replacing attic light switch with Leviton combo

I want to replace and old Leviton attic light switch with a Leviton combo switch/outlet. The junction box has two Romex cables in and one out to the current light. The two in have each a black wire ...
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How can I allow guests to manually control lamps under wifi control?

I have a few lamps in the house that are now wifi control enabled. I use google home to control them. So far, I have been using wifi plugs - but the issue is that some guests who are not comfortable ...
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Installing one way light switch

I accidentally bought a one-way switch for a receptacle that is wired for a three-way switch. I found that the only way it works so far is: Connect the two black wires from the wall to the black wire ...
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Circuit is broken when switch is screwed into box, but not outside of box

1954 House with original (cloth over rubber) wiring on the main floor. Replacing fan and light with simple overhead light fixture and toggle switch with a dimmer switch. Box has an incoming conduit ...
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Why does my illuminated light switch glow more dimly with an LED bulb installed in the fixture?

Electrician just installed an illuminated light switch for a single bulb wall fixture. It barely illuminates. All other illuminated switches in house glow brightly. There is a single LED bulb in the ...
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What is this strange coiled wire and should everything be redone?

Problem 1 So I'm going through my house, replacing the switches and came across this switch that controls a fan in my bathroom. It looks like this may have been something the previous owner did, and ...
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Wiring up new light fitting

I am trying to fit a new light fitting. The connections on this fitting equates to a 4 pin plastic junction box with live, earth, and neutral in that order with the 4th blank. I removed the old ...
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Smart switch wiring

I’m swapping out a single light switch for a smart switch. The wiring from the gang is a single cable with red, black, ground, white. The neutral wire was unused in the original switch. The smart ...
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Trying to install Leviton smart switches replacing two older switches

Am I installing this correctly? I'm trying to install two new Leviton smart switches. Had two neutrals tied off, so pig tailed them. Does first switch need be replaced as well? It's a Lutron dimmer. ...
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Light switch to switch/outlet combo

I have an older house and want to change a light switch to a switch/outlet combo. The current switch has two wires only in the box. The new combo has a ground (green), and two lines on one side. The ...
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Wemo Light Switch + Niko Dimmer Switch combined

In order for my smart lights to be on permanently, I need the light switch circuit to be "permanently on", while the light switch instead controls my Hue lights. While I know this is accomplishable by ...
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Convert Three Way to Single Smart Switch

I have two switches set up as a 3-way and I'd like to take out one and install a smart switch for the other. I know I need a neutral, and I thought things would be good when I looked inside, but it ...
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Trying to hook up dimmer/fan switch but have an extra wire?

I am trying to replace a switch that had a 4 position light knob and a 4 position fan knob. The old one had three wires coming out of it and the new one has 4. Below is a picture of my wall and the ...
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Help with replacing 3 way switch with a smart 3 way switch

I'm trying to replace existing 3 way switches with 3 way smart switches to control the lights of my light/fan combo. The current set up is a dimmer in 1 location and a toggle switch on the other side ...
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14-2 and 14-3 into one box

In my basement wiring diagram - in Box #1 -- I have a 14-2 cable from the panel and a 14-3 cable terminating a 3 way switch (6 & 7) from the same circuit. Is this ok, normal, against code, ...
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Apartment outlets troubleshooting # 3

I have solved the power outage to the circuit powering 3 different rooms but only partially. 2/3 outlets power on and 1/2 of the light switches work. In the bedroom. The working outlet is the only ‘ ...
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Changing a Switch in one room but lights in other rooms go out

So there are 2 sets of wires coming in on the right (black, white ground) and 1 set of wires going out to the left (black, black), which seem to connect to the next room. When I change the switch, I ...
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Bathroom Switch (Light/Fan) 3 Black Wires? GFCI?

I'm replacing my bathroom switches (2) with a timer (for the fan) and a motion sensing switch (for the light) (lutron brand, not sure if that matters) and I ran into a very weird configuration: So ...
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Motion sensor with bypass switch?

I wish to have a motion sensor on the lights in my garage, but I also want to have an override switch that works normally, and does not require a specific pattern to toggle the override in the sensor. ...
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Combine Lights on one switch and remove smoke detector from switch

Experts, I've got a weird wiring situation in my kitchen (just bought the house). "A" (a dimmer) in the picture controls both a light (let's call it light "X") and (wait for it) the smoke detector! ...
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How can I provide neutral wires for my smart switches?

I'm trying to install smart switches, which obviously need a neutral wire. I'm pretty sure I am lucky enough that I have it, but, want to make sure and also find out how to use it. I've attached a ...
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Is there an LED-compatible dimmer switch that can work in series with a second dimmer?

I just installed 3 LED shop lights in my workshop (ok they're actually meant as bathroom lights, but the price was right). They are wired in parallel, with a master switch in front of everything (in ...
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One side of combination switch turns off power in a room

I have an exhaust fan, light fixture and wall outlet connected to a combination switch. The top switch turns on the lights and it works and the outlet is always on, but the bottom switch supposed to ...
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Why neutral wire connected to load wire?

I opened switch box in the basement that has two switches: one for basement and other 3way switch for stairs. I wonder why white wire thet usually neutral connected to black wire that goes to another ...
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Switch Controls Outlet, Not Ceiling Light

When we bought our house, the switch to the ceiling fan did not work, unless pushed to the side, or pushed in before being used. It seemed to be a simple enough task to replace the switch. However, ...
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Installing smart switches, instructions don't match my wiring?

I'm trying to replace a couple switches with smart switches and the instructions provided with the switch I have (TP-Link HS200) don't match my wiring set up 100%. I'm thinking (hoping) I have the ...
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switch box red wire connected to white?

i'm installing smart switches, and found the neutral in another area so i assumed it'd be in all the switch boxes. Well not these two. It's a 3 way switch, and in the back of it there are white wires ...
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3-way switch wired with jumper between load and traveller

Background -- I've been replacing all the switches in my house with casetta smart switches. On 3-ways, I've been abandoning one of the switches and replacing with the lutron remote controls. The ...