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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 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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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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Is it acceptable to use a lighted switch with a switched outlet?

The bedrooms in our house in California each have a light switch that controls power to an outlet in the room. The switches are the single-pole type, interrupting the black/hot wire. Is it acceptable ...
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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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Why are my new switches tripping the circuit breaker sometimes?

Here's the scoop: There are 3 switches in my hallway. One switch on side A and two switches on side B. Side A switch controls same light as one switch on Side B. I replaced the switch on Side A ...
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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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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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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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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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What are the risks of sending low-current neutral through the ground wire?

I have an existing switch that controls an outlet. I'd like to replace it with a smart-home switch, which requires a neutral wire to power the switch itself. However, there is no neutral wire at the ...
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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 ...
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Rewiring a UK dimmer switch with a Wifi switch

I've just bought a wifi switch and was wondering if somebody could tell me which wire goes to which please? I'm thinking the following? L = Live (Brown) L1 = Arrow over tilde?? N = Blue (Neutral) ...
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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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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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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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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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Had light/fan on single switch. Want 2 single switches, one controls light, one fan

I put in double gang box, second switch, ran second cable from light switch to ceiling. So there are two identical cables from switch to fixture. The existing switch had power in to it. So i need to ...
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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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How to wire switch for outside motion sensing light

I have an outside motion sensing light which uses a nitewatch MW-12 motion detector. There is an existing Intermatic Inc. SS7 switch on the inside of the house which is very convoluted to program (...
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Dimmer dims the lights about once a second

I have a dimmer (Richmond/Zano GRID500) that, when turned up to full brightness, dims the lights on and off at a rate of about 1 Hz. Turning the brightness down just a bit makes the blinking stop. ...
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How to Wire Fantech FR100 in-line exhaust, venting two bathrooms with Two TopGreener TDHOS5 Humidity Motion Sensor switches

The Fantech FR100 fan requires Neutral & Load. That's easy enough, and the multi-switch diagram shows just a black from each switch. The TopGreener (really Enerlites) TDHOS5 requires Neutral &...
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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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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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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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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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Help getting switch working properly

In our garage we have a switch that controlled a light in the ceiling for a small laundry room. I have torn out that room and, in doing so, removed two lines coming down from the garage attic. When ...
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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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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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How do I install a Leviton light switch timer?

I bought a Leviton light switch timer. It has 5 wires coming out of it - Black, White, Yellow, Red, and Green. The switch I'm trying to replace is in a box with 2 other light switches. The switch I ...
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Why doesn't my motion sensor light work?

I want to install a simple motion sensor (Lutron Maestro MS-OPS2) on a single pole switch in my garage. When I installed it the light would not turn off. The instructions (PDF) that come with the ...
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How do I replace an Australian light switch?

I'm trying to replace my light switch with a new one. The switch has two switches on it. The replacement switch I bought has two switches but is slightly different than the old one. This as far as I ...
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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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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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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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GFCI outlet/switch combo installation?

I currently have a receptacle/switch combination (the switch controls a light, the receptacle is hot with the switch on or off) with two black wires and one white wired, and ground, coming from the ...
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How do I wire a new light from an outlet, with power to the light box?

I'm trying to run power from an outlet box to a light and then to a wall switch to control the light. The outlet box is in the attic and I want to go from the outlet to the light and then from the ...
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2-wire switch loop controlling 2 outlets - replacing with 3-wire to fix?

I am in nearly this exact situation: Can I use a switch loop to power a ceiling fan? We are trying to install a fan, but instead of having a single duplex outlet on the same wall as the switch, we ...
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Adjacent room light switch causing LED lights to display tiny bit of light

I have three rooms in my basement that have all their ceiling light circuits wired up in sequence. They are all single switch circuits and the first two rooms have 4 ceiling lights each and the last (...
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What could cause lights to come on full strength then dim?

I just finished setting this up: There are actually 4 lights chained together at the end rather than just one. Once I finished I turned the circuit back on and tried out the switches. All of them ...
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Light with 3 way switch does not work. Need help!

I have a 3 way switch with Source at First Switch and Light Between (same as below diagram) I opened light fixture to pained the wall and after putting the light it did not work. I have tried ...
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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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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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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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How can I subfeed a single pole switch from a 3-way switch to control a fluorescent light?

I have an overhead utility room light that is controlled by two 3-way switches. I have added a light over the washer and dryer that I'd like to control from a single pole switch. I could only add ...
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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 ...