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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Breaker trips when both switches on circuit are on

I've got a ceiling fan/light wired to a double switch (like this: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Leviton-15-Amp-Combination-Double-Switch-White-R62-05224-2WS/202027008) The source is at the switch and ...
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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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Changing switch to dimmer (UK)

Right in the middle of this job and realised I don't know what I'm doing. I'm in the UK. I currently have a Crabtree switch (which I believe is called a single gang two way switch) on a light on my ...
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Changing toggle switch (4 wires) to Caseta dimmer switch (3 wires)

I am changing a toggle switch 4 wires (including ground) to Caseta Dimmer 3 wires (Including ground). How do I attach the wires, please?
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Bathroom light switch turns off kitchen light randomly

My kitchen and bathroom share a wall. The switches in both rooms are not set up in an intentional 3-way switch setup. If my kitchen light switch is on, turning the bathroom switch to either on or off ...
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Re-wiring ceiling light/fan combo with smart switches

I want to install GE Jasco toggle smart switches to control my lights and fan. I have done it before in other rooms, which had only one switch per box. And since it was very neatly wired, I could just ...
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Neutral line with two circuits

I’d like to install a GE smart dimmer and a GE smart switch into a four gang box. The box currently has four non-smart switches. I determined that one of the switches is on a different circuit ...
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Replacing light and fan switches in a trailer bathroom

I am attempting to replace the light and fan switch in my bathroom. When I pulled them out the type of switches they are is confusing me. It appears that there are 2 wires going into the switch on ...
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How can I use a switch for outlets to control a new overhead light?

I am trying to rewire our bedroom so that a wall switch that turns on/off half of all receptacles in the room will instead control a ceiling light and leave the receptacles (both halves) always hot ...
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3-Way Switch won't turn on lights if dimmer is set to low

I just added 5 dimmable recessed lights to my living room. I'm certain it's powered correctly. Incoming power hits the 3-way dimmer switch. Both traveler wires head to the other 3 way switch (non-...
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Issue with Red wire to a remote controlled ceiling fan replacement (14/3 to 14/2 wires)

The Situation: 20 yr old Ceiling fan replacement with a remote controlled new fan. I have two wall switches: one controls 3 ceiling canned lights in the kitchen and one provides power to the ceiling ...
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Help me identify the components of my switchgear?

I have a basic understanding of what I need to do when the power line goes down, though sometimes different switches pop and would like to understand more of what does what. I have no knowledge in ...
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How do I install a SensaSwitch on a 3-way circuit?

I recently purchased a SensaSwitch, Manual-ON / Timed-OFF (PDF of instructions) and I cannot install it in such a way that it performs as I desire. I have a switch at the top of my basement stairs and ...
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Adding Outlet to Switch

I'm trying to add an outlet to this switch box, I live in the UK and tried to diagram this the best I can of what I can see. How do I connect a T+E cable (attached to an outlet) to this system?
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How do I remove switches from this 4-way setup to make it 1-pole?

We have an old Intermatic timer for our front lights that appears to be wired to two three-way switches. Both of the extra switches are within 10 feet of the primary switch and are much more trouble ...
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Why does only 1 bulb stays on?

I have a 4 bulb ceiling light which was working perfectly until recently... When the power is off, the 4th bulb flickers... I removed the 4th bulb, and the 3rd bulb flickers! So I removed the fuse ...
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Convert Single Gang to Dual Gang for Ceiling Light/Fan Fixture

I’m resurrecting a question I asked a couple months back, but now I have pictures that should hopefully help illustrate what I’m asking. Thank you for the preliminary responses, hopefully now this ...
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Smart Switch Connection Issues

I am trying to wire a smart switch and wired it successfully for the other rooms but as having trouble in one of the rooms. Can someone help me identify which wires are which as it seems to me by ...
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Twin Lightswitch wiring - uk

Earlier today my kitchen light switch fell apart. I picked up a replacement and weird it as best I could comparing the terminals on the old switch The kitchen has two lights on a 2 gang switch. Now ...
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How should I reconnect two switches to these six wires?

I did not take a photo prior removing old light switches. So, now I am basically stuck. Our home is from ‘53 and wanted to upgrade the original light switches. From what I remember is that the left 4 ...
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How to get new wire into old box in plaster wall?

I'm rewiring my house, which was built in 1921. I need to bring new cable to a triple-wide switch box (see photos). I cannot push the old knob & tube wire out through the knockouts--it must be ...
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Appropriate wall controller for two fans

I'm preparing to install two ceiling fans in an especially large room. Prefer that they both operate from a single switch. Fans are Tidal Breeze 56 inch , 0.52 amps per fan in high. I thought I'd ...
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Remove 3 way switch

I think I have my plan but wanted to run it by the smart guys on this forum. I am looking to remove a 3 way switch as part of a kitchen remodel. Actually 2 of them but the wiring/process should be ...
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Garbage Disposal Rewiring and Switch to outlet transition

I'm a new guy here. So I'm in process of upgrading my sink and would like to install an air switch for my garbage disposal (GB). As of right now, I have a regular flip switch that operates the GB. ...
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Unusual wiring at a light switch

Recently a dimmer for my basement light was burned. It created a lot of smell so I took it out and threw it away immediately and I don't remember how it was wired. Now I want to replace it with a ...
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I am trying to add a seperate switch to an existing 3 way circuit

I currently have a 3-way circuit (2 switches) that control 4 recessed lights and the light over the kitchen island. I would like to be able to "split" the recessed lights from the island lights. ...
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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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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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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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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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Separating 2 Light Switches (1 is a 3 way) Hardwired Together

I have 2 light switches (in one box) in my laundry room. The one switch is a 3 way which operates the light in my garage (just behind the laundry room). There is only 1 switch to the laundry room. I ...
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3 black wires into switch

I have a simple light switch in a closet and I wanted to change it out for one with a switch and an outlet. The back of the switch had 3 black wires - 2 going into push in connectors on the top left ...
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3 cables into a 2 switch box

My breaker keeps tripping because of this wiring and/or faulty switches and now with a new switch, my ceiling fan won’t turn but the light still works and it still trips. I’m trying to figure out how ...
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How do I wire three smart Wifi switches to toggle one another?

I have three Wifi switches that will be wired into the mains. Is it possible to have them act as a toggle for a set of lights? Ie, one switch turns on, they other two switches also turn on. Similarly, ...
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4 way circuit, need to reduce it to 3 way

I have a 4 way circuit (two 3way switches and one 4way ) controlling one light in my back patio. I would like to add a second light and use one of the 3 existing switches to control it, turning the ...
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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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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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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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I want to hook up two lights and two separate switches

I want to hook up two lights and two switches. There are three cables. One has three black wires, the other two have one yellow wire and one black wire each. I'm assuming that one of the cables with ...
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Installing light switch timer

I am replacing switches in my 1950s house and want to put a new switch timer for my porch light. There was a old one already in place. I am confused because I installed the switch next to it using the ...
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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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How to remove one of the three switches for my foyer light fixture

There are 3 light switches controlling my one foyer light fixture. I need to remove one of them (disconnect and cover with a solid faceplate), but keep the other two working. How do I do this?
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Any ideas as to what this is?

This is in a house my daughter bought and no one knows what it is for. It is a 1930's house. Has a switch on it that when you flip it a red light flickers on for a second and nothing else seems to ...
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Heater/Light/Vent switch question

I'm a homeowner. I had an electrician install the rough-in and I'm installing the outlets/switches/lights etc myself. Bathroom has a H/L/V and the electrician wired the switch so I could use 3 ...
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Lighting neutral

Can anyone explain about lighting neutral wires (blue)? I have a 3year old house, which has blue wires in the back boxes. I am assuming that this is the neutral. On my current 1 gang 2 way switch ...
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Sonoff switch with override wall switch

I have a fan, a light and two sonoff basic devices to control them. As sonoff can only work with internet, I thought it would be a good idea to be able to fully override the controls with separate ...
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Replacing 2 pole switch with 2 single pole switches to control a fan/light separately

I have a switch (Double pole / One throw) that controls the ceiling fan and light in my master bathroom (B1). I'm considering to replace it with two single switches, so I don't need to turn the light ...
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Can I replace this switch with a 3-way switch?

I want to replace the on/off switch for our attic fan, and this is the only switch in the house that I’m aware of that operates it. The wires are red, white, and black. Will a traditional 3-way switch ...
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Installed smart switch but nearby circuit keeps breaking

I just installed a smart switch (Leviton Decora) in my garage and the switch works fine. But I soon noticed that the circuit controlling outlets in the closest room to the garage keeps breaking. I ...
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Can I ground a new light to an old metal box via a switch yoke?

All of my switches are installed in old metal boxes with no threaded ground screw holes. The boxes are wired using old cloth BX with no ground wire(grounded via casing). Some of the BX wire ...

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