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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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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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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Leviton Dimmer Switch Model DW1KD

I am installing a new Leviton Dimmer Switch (model number DW1KD) to replace a normal wall switch. My electrical to the existing switch has only two black wires (I do know which is hot), and a ground ...
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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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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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Can I install a switch upstream of my service panel for regular shuttoff duty?

I lived in Europe where it is common to have on/off switches on all electrical wall outlets. I asked my electical parts store if I could replace the cicuit breakers in my home with switch rated (swd) ...
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How can I install this programmable switch where a neutral is not present?

I'm trying install this programmable switch but the instructions do not match reality. The instructions refer to the existence of a black (load) cable and a white (neutral) cable supposedly coming out ...
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Uncapped wires in light switch box

I was trying to install a smart light switch, I don't have a neutral, so I can't do that. However, when I looked in the box, I noticed this other group of wires pushed to the back. They aren't capped ...
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How do I fix drywall around wall box so switch plate covers damage?

In my house, there are maybe three or four outlet boxes and switch boxes where there was damage done to the drywall surrounding the box at some point. There are no structural or electrical issues (...
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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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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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Why is my switch controlled receptacle always on?

I replaced the outlets and switches in a room. One outlet now has constant power, the switch no longer turns the power on and off (to control a lamp for example) as it originally did. For ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the advantage of a double pole switch over a single pole switch?

I know that a double pole switch is used to cut off the current in both live and neutral wire simultaneously, but by using a single pole switch,if you switch off the current through the live wire, 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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What did I do wrong with this Legrand RRW600U wiring?

I just moved into a new house, and I'm trying to wire up TWO Legrand RRW600U 3-way occupancy switches to a light in the basement. I want motion at the top or bottom of the stairs to turn on the light....
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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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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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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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Should switches in a kitchen area have GFCI protection?

Do the switches on the wall and over the counter areas have to be on a GFCI protected circuit? As there is live power at the switch all the time, I would think this to be true, but I'm not sure.
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How can I install a Leviton timer switch in this box?

So i'm trying to replace the exterior light switch to a timer switch. On the same switch panel, there are two other switches which control the ceiling lights in the hallway. The dimmer in the center ...
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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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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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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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Switch control both light and outlet

In the en-suite bathroom, there is a switch (1 of 3) that controls the main overhead light and the outlet. Is there anyway to get the outlet to have constant power? Or is this one of those jobs that ...
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Can Someone Help Me Identify This Switch?

I have a Swaby 5200 pump in my home, and I am hoping that someone out there might be able to suggest a replacement switch part number – or at least point me in the right direction. Pump model: 5200 ...
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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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Wiring help needed with 2 separate lights and switches

I have a single switch in my garage for the light outside my garage. I have a single switch at my front door for my porch. I want to have it so either switch will turn on both the garage, and porch ...
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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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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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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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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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Two switches, one turns both lights on, the other just one of them

I have two separate lights in a room. And two separate switches (actually one switch and one motion sensor). I want one switch to turn both lights on, and one switch to turn just one of the lights on. ...
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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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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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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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Dual light switch changing to dual smart switch

I currently have 2 switches. Each switch has a black wire and a white attached to it. I’m trying to install a dual smart switch, which requires 4 black wires and a neutral wire. Confused on how to ...
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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 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 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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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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