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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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GFCI Problem with Three-Way Switch WAS Two Switches Neutrals Only, Switched Hots Not Used

I replaced an old two-prong receptable with a three-prong GFCI (no ground) yesterday. It won't reset. I found out that "downstream" there is a light on the next level down that is controlled by two ...
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3 way connection without 3 way switch

I have a 3 way configuration between 2 switches in my house. Switch 1 has: Neutral, Ground, one red [traveler], one black Switch 2 has: Neutral, Ground, one red [traveler], one black Neither of ...
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Shutoff switch before breaker box

I want to upgrade my 100 amp power to 200 amp. Under the new 200 Amp setup, can I install a switch that will cut all power to the hot bars in the box, say for lock-out, tag-out? Do they make a switch ...
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Recessed lights quit working

All 4 of my kitchen recessed lights quit working yesterday. I tried installing a switch but I have a black and white active nutted together. I have two black wires one active one not and an active ...
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How to slave a new light to an existing pull chain light

We recently remodeled our house and had new outdoor lights installed. Well after the fact that only one works. We realized that the one that doesn't was on a pull chain. Well I'm not the smartest ...
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Converted 3 way switch to single pole. Disconnected traveler wire hot when fixture turned on

I converted a three way switch in my dining room to a single pole smart switch and plan to put a blank wall plate where the old switch resided. I identified the common wire and the two travelers (one ...
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3 way switch controlling outlets. Top working bottom now?

So I just replaced all the outlets and switches In my new house. A three way switch controls all 4 outlets in the living room. I broke the brass tab on one of the outlets and now only the top outlet ...
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No voltage after changing light switches

I turned the power off and replaced a few light switches... and when I turned the breaker back on, one of the switches on a circuit is not working. There are a few other switches on the same circuit ...
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Why are 3-way center-off wall switched so rare / expensive?

I'm looking for a switch to mount in an upstairs hallway that will control an attic/roof ventilation fan. The switch will select whether I want the attic thermostat to control the fan, vs manual-on, ...
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Removing light switch permanently

I have a light switch that powers an outlet when it's turned on. I want to remove the switch, connect the wires and make the power in the outlet permanently on. In that case, what am I supposed to do ...
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Wifi light switch needs neutral wire. Why? AND Can that wire be a skinny one?

What does the neutral wire do on a light switch that responds to wifi? My suspicion is that when the switch is in the off position, the electronics in the switch need to still be powered, so the ...
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3-way switch not working properly

I have a 3 way switch at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom that control the lights in the stairway/hall way. The problem that I have is that you can only turn the lights on from the same ...
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Wiring a Split Outlet with Two Neutrals

I’m trying to replace a very old outlet in my kitchen. The garbage disposal and the dishwasher are plugged into this outlet. The top outlet is switched, but the bottom is always hot. Everything I’ve ...
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adding new power outlet, ceiling fan/switch kills the power to it when on

I'm adding a new power outlet for some electronics. I'm dropping a 12/2 wire from the attic where I'm attaching it to a junction box. The junction box has an existing wire, 12/2, and a 14/2 wire ...
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Remove switch that controls thermostat

I recently bought a condominium in a large building, built in 2005. It has a single thermostat, and the thermostat works fine. But right next to the thermostat, there is a switch. It looks like an ...
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How to wire switch to ceiling fan

The picture is how the wires are arranged in the ceiling and on the wall switch. My ceiling fan currently works by pulling the chain on it directly, but the wall switch doesn't work under any ...
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How to switch 40A timer used for outdoor lighting and direct 120V outdoor lighting

I am redoing my outdoor lighting and need to move 3 wall switches used for outdoor 120V lighting to a different place within the house. The issue is that the inground wire is 10/2 UF but the inside ...
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Adding double gang switch for two different lights?

I have power coming into a light fixture and down to the switch. I want to add a double gang to put in a second switch that would turn an outlet on/off in the bedroom. What is the proper way to take ...
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Dimmer switch not connected to ground

I know just the basics of electricity and am trying to replace an older dimmer switch that broke with a new very similar switch. The old switch is not connected to ground. The new switch has the ...
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Replacing double light switch 4 black and one red

I hear a popping from one of my old double switches. I opened it up to understand the wiring before replacing. I have 4 blacks and 1 red. I have attached pictures. One of the switches controls a light ...
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What is the first step in fitting a switch to existing wiring?

Below is an image of cables previously connected to a double light switch at a building in the UK. The occupant wanted to know why there was an additional white cable and how to go about fitting a new ...
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1 switch - 2 Lights

I'm replacing a switch, in a mobile home, just to update and have a white one. I removed old switch, which was a self-enclosed box switch. What is the right way to wire it. I wired it up to new switch ...
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Light Switch Terminals

I am replacing a light switch and found three black wires going to it. Two go to the screw terminals and one goes to the push terminal: I verified with a multimeter that the central and bottom ...
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Replacing regular switch with ceiling fan switch

looking to replace a regular switch with a ceiling fan switch which has separate dimmers for the fan and light. Allegedly this was wired to be able to do this. The old switch has a red wire, a black ...
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New Fan Switch Question

My old switch does not have a white wire. Should I add one and attach it to the grommet inside the box? Also, in most diagrams, the black wire enters the box from the top an leaves from the bottom. ...
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How do I wire one outlet and two separate light switches in a three-gang box?

I'm remodeling an older bathroom. I would like to replace a combination switch/receptacle with two separate light switches and a receptacle in a three-gang box. The white and black wires on the power ...
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Diagnosing Loss of Power in Bedroom

We have no power to our downstairs bedroom. We had the lights on, and a heater plugged in to the outlet. A family member turned off the heater, and unplugged it from the outlet. When she unplugged it, ...
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What is the proper way to convert a pair of three-way (SPDT) switches into a single two-way (SPST) switch?

I'm in the process of replacing some of the light switches in my house with smart switches, Wemo Light Switches in this case. I've had no problem with the replacement of my One-way switches (SPST I ...
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Upgrade 4-speed pull chain fan switch

Can anyone advise how to replace a 4-speed pull chain fan switch with a capacitor, by a simple wall 4-speed switch? Thanks in advance for any support
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Light Switch Neutrals: Bundle all together?

I am in the process of hooking up 2 GE Z-wave light switches. I've hooked up multiple smart switches but ironically only one has needed neutrals (these 2). They are both going in a double gang box ...
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3 way switch to 4 lights rewiring to 15 LEDs

Have a basement with 4 beams that had 2 lights in bay 2 and 2 lights in bay 4. Dropping ceiling and want 3 LED lights in each bay. Can I run 3 new 12/2 wires to bays 1,3,5 which will be spliced to the ...
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Single pole switch with lighting “zones”?

Somewhat of a challenge... I'm going from a single light to recessed lighting in my studio condo. There is a single pole switch that this single light is currently connected to. I'm going to install ...
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Combine wireless and manual 3-way light switch

I want to combine a wireless 3-way switch with a manual 3-way switch, and want my server at home to know when my light is on or off (this is the tricky part). And when I say wireless 3-way switch, I ...
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Convert 2 switch to 1

How do I convert 2 independent switch to one single switch? Plan is to remove 2 switches in bathroom ( light and fan) with one lutron occupancy switch. Can someone help? I have attached little ...
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Additional wire on light switch with no 3 way

I recently changed my sons' bedroom light switch with Lutron smart dimmer. The house is fairly new and has not been remodeled. I have changed out about 3 other light switches without issue. This ...
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Can my new pressure switch's range be adjusted to match the original?

I replaced my Pressure tank which had a leak. As I was putting the pluming back together I noticed the contacts in the 40/60 Square D switch.Can you use a 30/50 Square D pressure switch (a new on ...
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Why do my ceiling fans' light and fan switches suddenly seem combined?

I recently moved into an almost new house with 3 bedrooms, each has a basic ceiling fan/light with two wall switches. One controls the fan and the other the lights. Yesterday the switch that controls ...
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How to replace a light fixture that has a 3-way light switch

Box] I have a light fixture above a stairwell. There are two live switches that control it, one at the bottom of the stairs, one at the top. The wiring is relatively new about 25 years old (all copper,...
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Melted switch replacement

Was taking a shower and smelled some melting plastic. Turns out that the switch to the heat function of my bathroom fan was the cause of the melting smell. That one switch is part of a box that has 3 ...
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How can I tell if a dimmer switch is LED compatible?

I have recently put some smart LED bulbs into my ceiling fan (Lifx if the brand matters) and there is a bad humming noise. Previously there was some humming in at least one of the LED bulbs (they ...
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Replacing formerly half-hot converted to always-hot receptacles with NEW receptacles

I have four receptacles in my family room that I just replaced. These receptacles used to be half-hot. One of the previous owners converted them to always-hot by removing and capping the wires in the ...
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What Can Cause TP-LINK Smart Switch (HS200) To Light (LED) Flicker?

I have bought a TP-LINK (HS200) wall light switch to replace several switches. The first switch I tried is controlled an outlet that I have a a lamp connected to it. The outlet is configured as ...
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No power in outlets after changing light switches

This is a room with a two switch board and some power outlets. One Switch was controlling the fan and other it's light. Outlets, switches and fan+light were all working fine until I wanted to change ...
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Parallel Relay light switch

An existing light switch is to be augmented with a parallel Sensor Switch PP20 relay, which is driven by PIR (passive infrared) sensors. The current switch is a two terminal device and was wired into ...
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Lights are flickering on and off after accidentally bumping into light switch

During the night, I accidentally bumped into my light switch, jamming it in towards itself. Now, the lights in my room will sometimes flicker on and off very quickly when after turning on the lights. ...
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Why do electricians prefer not to use the push-in connections on receptacles?

Why do electricians prefer not to use the back-stab or quick connect holes on switches and receptacles? If these were unreliable do you think they would be allowed by the NFPA and NEC?
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Do I NEED to use correct colors when wiring always?

What I am wondering is if there is any code that is violated if the wrong colors are used in wiring outlets? For example, it is standard to use white as neutral and black as power but if I only had ...
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One box has 2 black, 2 white, 2 ground, and one red; the other box has 1 black, 1 white, 1 ground

I'm trying to connect two simple ceiling pendant lights, and my contractor put in a new single pole switch box with 1 black, 1 white, 1 bare. No power runs to it (checked it with the meter) so I ...
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Light Switch Wiring, hot wire to lights

I have a light switch that has the black wire attached to the bottom terminal and the white wire attached to the top terminal. Is there any way I can add another light switch for recessed lights to ...
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Can anyone recognize these parts?

I was repairing/replacing a set of switches. Two brass metal parts fell out. I don't know what they are or where they came from. I don't know if they are essential or not. Does anyone recognize them?