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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 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 ...
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Can a Smart light switch be used for a Gas fireplace insert?

I have a gas fireplace that the on/off function is controlled by a light switch. The switch is connected to two wires only, a black and white wire. There is no ground wire. Can a smart switch be used ...
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Replacing fan/light with 2 wall with fan/light controlled by remote

I am replacing an old fan that runs off 2 wall switches. Switch 1 controls the light. Switch 2 controls the fan. The new fan has remote only. The power source is 2 wire (Black, White, Bare). The ...
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Gardner Bender GET-3213 voltage tester that gave a strobing light on one of the light switches I was testing

I have a Gardner Bender GET-3213 voltage tester that gave a strobing light on one of the light switches I was testing. I removed the switch and tested just the wires and it also strobed. All other ...
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Adding a new switch with an independent light in an existing circuit - With photos [duplicate]

I have two switches at the bottom of my stairs in the basement. One switch is a three way to the switch at the top of my stairs. The other switch lights a series of lights all connected to the same ...
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Why doesn't my light stay on unless I wiggle the switch?

The light switch in my bathroom has been acting oddly the last month. When I flip the switch on, the light turns on, but doesn't stay on. If I wiggle the switch, it will stay on. Sometimes I barely ...
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How to wire a 2 in 1 paddle switch

I am changing a 2 in 1 switch that controls a light(top) and garbage disposal (bottom). They are controlled by different breakers. There was 3 wires in the old box. Black and red on top (different ...
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Why are light switch designs different between Europe and the US?

Every single home I've visited in the US has one of these two light switch designs: In contrast, homes in Europes usually have their light switches designed like this: Is there a practical reason ...
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Connecting new ceiling light in 1970 house

I am putting up a new ceiling light. There are 3 white wires and 3 black wires coming out of the ceiling. I tested them all and only 1 black wire is hot. How do I hook up my light fixture that only ...
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How should I connect a new smart switch to my wiring?

I think I have a regular 2-way Switch but there are 3 wires connected to it: 2 black wires going to the same screw and a red one going to an upper one. I'm not sure which wire is doing what. How can I ...
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How to get Condensate Pump to talk to Sonoff 4CH Pro R2

I currently have a WiFi water alarm triggering a Sonoff 4CH Pro R2 to kill my whole house humidifier. So I have some experience with triggering the relays and getting the two devices talking to each ...