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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Fixing previous wiring at switch for recessed lighting

I moved in to this house and the ceiling fan and recessed lighting worked (we did demo in the master and the lights worked). Painters came in right after that and the lights have never worked since. I ...
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Connecting a 240V remote switch

I have an AC/heater unit. 240V 20 amp connected to 2 live wires and one ground. I have a remote switch made for 120/240V 30 amp which only have 4 connectors; L-N in and L-N out. How can I connect ...
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LED security light adding a switch

I have this LED solar security light. Now I want to put this in the back of a shipping container and I want to have a switch all the way in the front of the shipping container. I have no previous ...
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Ceiling fan stops running after a while

I have a ceiling fan fixture with lights. The fan runs fine for a few hours or so and then suddenly seems to lose power and slow to a stop. The switch stays on and the circuit breakers are not ...
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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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Simple light switch wiring upgrade to new switch - NO NEUTRAL

I'm trying to upgrade a light switch and would be grateful if someone could tell me what goes where. I've tried various combinations but the light either does not turn on or stays on permanently.
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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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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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Wiring can lights

I have installed a fan/light kit with 2 switches. I want to add can lights also on a separate switch. Can I tie into the fan/light wiring to do this?
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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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Ceiling fan light fixture blew

I mistakenly put in a dimmer light bulb and, when I pulled the string to turn on the lights, it blew the light fixture of my ceiling fan. I've tried changing the bulbs, but the fixture isn't working ...
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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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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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Fan switch on thermostat--on or auto

If I leave my fan switch on "on" instead of "auto" and the temperature in the house reaches the desired temperature will the fan stay on and continue to push cool air out even though the thermostat ...
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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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Laundry Room outlet and light not working

My overhead light and outlet in my laundry room are not working, all of the sudden. They are on the same breaker and nothing else in the house is on that breaker. I just replaced the light switch and ...
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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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Looking for triple 3-way switch [closed]

Where can I find a triple, 3-way switch (toggle style) were all of the switches are 3-way. All triple switches I find only have one 3-way, the other two switches are single pole. Here’s why I need a ...
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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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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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Switch for two different supplies

Would it be safe to use a three way switch to run two different hots to one outlet. Our RV is 30 amp, with two A/C’s. Both running they pull 24 amps, so one has to be shut off for the microwave. I can ...
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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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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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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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3-way and 4-way switches

My kitchen lights operate with 3 wall switches. Two of the switches work properly only if the third (3-way) switch is in the on position. I assumed that the third (3-way) switch was malfunctioning, ...
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How can I fit a face plate to two devices in separate single-gang boxes?

I ran into an issue when changing an outlet and switch in what I thought was a double gang box. After opening it up I found it was 2 single gang boxes next to each other. The previous switch and ...
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1 switch controls lights and fan, the other controls nothing. How can I make one control lights and one control the fan?

It seems like this was the way it worked originally, but someone had it changed. There is another area in my apartment that is in the same situation. I measured 114VAC from the right switch (I'm ...
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3-way switch issue

I'm having an issue with a 3-way switch that I have not gotten around to fixing in many years. When I use switch A to turn on the light and then use switch B to try to turn it off, it flickers off and ...
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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 configure my wireless power switches to default to on after power outage?

I currently have ETEKCITY remote power switches. I need to use two of these for ceiling LED lights that needs to be default on after power cycle. This video shows someone being able to configure it ...
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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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Removing a switch

I have a light switch that turns on an electrical outlet. I want to remove the light switch completely and leave the electrical outlet always "on". When I turned the power off to the room and ...
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limit detection angle of a motion sensor light switch

Is there a way to limit the horizontal angle of a motion based indoor (occupancy) light switch to it doesn't pick up movement within, say 90 degree horizontal angle only
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How to identify the wires on the dimmer to convert it to Conventional on/off switch

I have a dimmer switch that I need to convert to a conventional on/off switch. I have checked this link for guidance already: How do I replace this dimmer switch to a conventional switch? It seems ...
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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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Wiring switch outlet to be half hot

I currently have an outlet that is wired to a switch. I want to turn it into only half hot so one is always powered on and the second is controlled by the switch. I understand that to accomplish ...
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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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Wiring 3-way switch (power at light and switches meeting in junction box)

Always have trouble wrapping my head around 3-way switches. I have a good book that I usually turn to, but didn't see a diagram for this pattern when a junction box is in the middle. How can I wire ...
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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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Replace a motion-sensor/timer with simple single pole switch

I am trying to replace a motion-sensor that has a timer functionality to turn off the lights after 30 minutes. The motion sensor never worked when we moved into the house. I just want a simple single-...
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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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Replace single-pole switch with 3-way and add additional 3-way switch. Non-conventional solution needed

I have a single pole switch with 4 lights, that I want to replace with a 3-way switch. Power currently runs to the switch. I don't have a way (without drilling a lot of holes, which is really not an ...
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How should I connect my new light switches?

I have 2 bedrooms in which I am trying to swap the old light switches out with new switches. After removing covers, found the old switches had 2 black wires connected to the two terminals, and 2 white ...
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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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Where do I connect the ground wire of a transfer switch being connected to a sub-panel?

I would like to add a gen-tran manual transfer switch to my electric panel but I live in a condo where the main panel is in an external meter room and my only interior panel I assume is a subpanel. ...
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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 ...