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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One of the double dimmer is still on

I have changed dimmer switch in our lounge, it’s double switch, one of them is working normally, but the other one is still on and can’t switch it off or lower the light. There is more light on this ...
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How do we wire a new bathroom exhaust fan to our bathroom?

In our attic we have a junction box that has the power wire connected to a hallway ceiling light. Can we tap into that to get power to install a bathroom exhaust fan? We would be putting in a double ...
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Does a true wireless 4-way switch exist?

I have an exterior light circuit for 2 detached buildings (house and shop). I have a new detached garage that I want to include in the light circuit. It has its own subpanel, and it has wiring that ...
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Disconnect cooker hood controls

I have a broken plastic part, disabling the button for the light switch on my cooker hood. Now I can fix it, but I've unhooked both the light switch and the hood switch, and I can't find how to ...
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How to mount a 60 amp 2 pole 240 volt non-fused switch

Got a Siemens 60-amp switch (LNFC222R) that's for a pottery kiln. One side of the switch will have a #6 Cu NMD90 wired to it and will go to the sub-panel, running through studs, just like the 14-2 ...
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Replacing 2 old light switches - what kind of switches do I need?

I'm desperately looking for a bit of advice. I want to replace 2 old switches, and I don't know what kind of modern switches I have to use and how to properly wire them? Could you please help? There ...
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How to wire 2 switches with 1 hot wire?

My living room area power is apparently controlled by 1 switch. When on it powers all outlets and a light above the tv. Also, the switch has to be on in order for outdoor light to function and for ...
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What options do I have to rotate a horizontal 2-gang switch box?

I'm working on replacing the light switches in my house, but I've got one box that I'm not sure what to do with. It's a two gang box with double switches in each slot (4 switches total). It looks like ...
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Wiring an in-line on/off toggle switch on an LED lamp with additional controllers is not working as expected

I purchased a USB powered (5 volts) LED lamp that included a controller with (from bottom to top in the picture): power switch brightness decrease warmth selector brightness increase. I am ...
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Dual pole light switch w/ 2 live, 1 neutral-can I remove the tab?

I have a set of two dual pole light switches that only one switch works on each(the bottom of each set)-the switch that works out of each set will turn on a all lights at once (i.e. porch and kitchen ...
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How do I need to wire these switches to finish the circuit?

Recently started upgrading switches and outlets in my home. I have two switches in one box. The switch on the left is a single switch that controls the back porch light. The switch to the right is a ...
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Is there something like a power switch that I can control from a computer?

I need to control a LED light from a computer program that I am writing, i.e. I want to turn that light on or off from the computer. Is there some kind of power switch or alike that I can connect to ...
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4 black wires for light switch box, 3 white w/ Picture

Was trying to replace light switch because old one was not aesthetically pleasing. Thought this was going to be easy as Ive done many before but was thrown off by so many black wires. Not sure what ...
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Tool/key for removing switch plate

I’m trying to remove light switch plate below but it seems to be securely attached around the pole switches. There are 2 dots on each of the rings around the pole switch, leading me to think they ...
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Light bulb stays on regardless of switch position after breaker flipped

A light bulb in my office died suddenly. When it happened I heard a loud click. This was the circuit breaker tripping. I turned off the light switch, went down to the box, and closed the circuit ...
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Pulling outlet from existing 220 switch

trying to install an outlet in the HVAC closet next to an existing switch. The switch has 2 black wires, 2 red wires and a ground wire connected to it. There is also a lose white wire in the back, ...
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Can I wire-nut together and cut a switch out of my overhead fan?

I have replaced my bathroom extractor fan with a new model. The new model comes with a single-gang controlled switch which is wireless. You can slot it into the 1-gang box, but it doesn't need any ...
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Replacing an on and off switch with a mechanical timer

I have an outdoor light that is run by a regular wall switch. I want to change this to a mechanical timer switch. The mechanical timer switch has two ports for wires. When I opened the wall switch ...
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My successful electrical weekend project ended with a 3-way from hell! Help

Been updating the outlets and switches in my office building for last couple of days and I am having trouble with the last of 70 receptacles/switches... a-3 way switch that seems to be wired in a ...
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Thermostat turned off and furnace no longer works after doing some electrical work to a switch outlet

I was trying to install a smart switch to a double gang electrical box and unplugged wires. As I was working on the smart switch I had to disconnect everything. Much to my dismay, the switch was not ...
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1 switch controlling too much

I just moved into a house. The switch in the garage turns power to the garage door and a outlet in the garage ceiling connected to a light. Switch off so does the garage door. Last night, after moving ...
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1 light, 2 switches and 1 outlet

I'm adding a second switch in my hallway The layout is power box and switch at one end, light in the middle second switch at the other end and outlet in the next room. This is a mobile home. Would ...
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Dimensions available for a gang toggle light switch cover

I have an older home (1960s) and I need a replacement 2 gang toggle switch plate cover. I cannot find one that measures 4 1/2 inches by 2 3/4 inches. I have found plenty of 1 gang toggle switch ...
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PIR Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor not working WSP-250

Good evening. My wall switch went from not working at all to now staying on. I removed it from the wall and it is now working but won’t shut off. I can hear something rattling on the inside as we were ...
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Insinkerator and light switch

My insinkerator and a light bulb comes in to a wall socket. I replaced the switch panel. There were three wires total. 2 red, 1 black Initially the light and insinkerator were independent with two ...
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Can I switch my washer between two power sources? Double throw switch?

What switch can I use to connect my washer to my electricity and my tenants electricity so that we can switch between the two power sources without having to unplug and plug the machine multiple times?...
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Okay to remove light switch and cap wires?

I have a dimmer switch that’s currently controlling a set of ceiling lights. I’d like to install smart bulbs in those light fixtures, which don’t play well with the dimmer. Since I want power to the ...
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Tying a switched line into a switched line

Built a bathroom onto our office and need to run a switched line for bathroom ceiling light and exhaust fan. For simplicity's sake, looking to pull power source off the end of a line already on a ...
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Timer Switch Problem

I'm trying to replace a basic on/off switch for the fan in my powder room with a timer switch (which requires a neutral). The timer switch comes with red, white & black wires, the same as what the ...
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Control fanlight with both remote and switch

I would like to control my fan using remote and the light on the fan using both remote and switch. Is that possible. I have 1 black wire, 1 red wire for light, neutral and ground wire coming from the ...
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NEC Compliance: Removing a wall switch in favor of a remote for a ceiling fan

In my bedroom, there is a wall switch that controls a ceiling fan. I recently installed a wireless remote controller in the canopy of that ceiling fan so I could turn it on and off from the comfort of ...
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How do I correctly wire this lighted switch to provide power down the line?

I've gotten in over my head! I just the Leviton lighted switches like the one in the pic shown for our bathrooms. There's just something so nice about the small light it gives off when it's the ...
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Replacing outlet switch combination with GFCI outlet switch combination

I'm trying to replace an old non-GFCI outlet switch combination in the garage ceiling, that looks like this: https://photos.app.goo.gl/LoWQrqFkNhoNZkoK6 https://photos.app.goo.gl/NsCgwuyd2xrby1Vp8 ...
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Why does my light switch have 2 wires on the top?

I went to change my light switch to a new touch light switch I ordered and for some reason it has 2 wires on top. I googled this and searched for awhile but nothing came up about this topic and all I ...
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Exists: power to outlet1 to outlet2 to switch - can't change wiring, would like switch to control only outlet #2

Not sure how I would make the connections at outlet #2 and switch to control outlet #2?? Any help appreciated.
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Relay in Thermostat: current capability \ rating

When designing a thermostat, a relay must swtich a 24V AC signal to call for cooling / heat / fan etc. Industry standard thermostat wire color code used for most systems: White. The white wire ...
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Could a neutral wire be black?

I have these two switches which the left one is for the bathroom fan and the right one for the light. Everything already works. Now I want to add a minuter switch to the fan and the minuter have all ...
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Adding an outlet to the dishwasher/disposer circuit

I have switched garbage disposal, like many people do. The switch is on a wall w/o any outlets. I'd like to convert the switch to a switch/outlet combo. I read that you shouldn't add an outlet to ...
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Do metal outlet boxes act as grounds?

Here’s a photo of the inside of a switch I’m replacing. As you can see it has no ground wire, plus it’s got a blue wire instead of the normal black. All the new 3 prong outlets I installed in this ...
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Trying to replace a garage light switch with old wiring

Trying to replace a light switch in the garage with a new one but the wiring doesn’t match. Old switch has white (currently matched to red/black) and black (currently matched to black) coming out of ...
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light switch controlling wrong light

I have a light in the bed room controlled by its own switch and one in the closet with its own switch. when turning lights on each switch controls only the light it was intended to control. However ...
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Double light switch issue

We have just wired a new 2 way, 2 gang, switch plate, which works, but for one side the 'on' position is up, and for the other it's down, which looks odd and is impractical. Is this a problem with the ...
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How can I uninstall this old school light switch from the wall?

I have a few of these old school light switches in my current accommodation: I now need to replace one because it is not working anymore so I'm trying to uninstall it from the wall. Alas, I'm not ...
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Wiring ceiling light from switch that controls outlet [duplicate]

I am trying to add a ceiling light to a switch that currently controls a floor outlet (top plug only). Coming into the light switch are a ground, a hot and a switched hot. I have pulled an ...
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Light flickers once when fan is turned on

Greetings beloved comrades, I have several lighted ceiling fans of the same model wired with separate, non-dimming, wall switches for the fan and light. The lights inside may be LEDs, but I haven't ...
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Replacing fan/light switch

Trying to replace an old switch that controls a ceiling fan with light. The original switch had a knob that you would push in to turn the light on or off and use the knob to dim the light. I ...
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Connecting power to switch

3-way switchI have a 2 gang box in wall. There were two 3-way switches installed. Removed one of those switches but kept the wires intact and capped off properly and power runs thru them to keep ...
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How do 5 light switches in 2 boxes with all black wires work?

I'm attempting to replace some switches and have opened up two of the boxes in my bathroom. I've found that for all the switches (5 total switches in 2 different boxes) they only use black wires. ...
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How should I eliminate an unused switch in a two gang box?

Florida, USA We bought a house with five ceiling fans, each with a light fixture installed. Each fan is controlled by a pair of wall switches in a two-gang box, one for the fan motor and one for the ...

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