Changing out programmable Light Switch, wire help needed!


When we moved into our house 4 years ago that was built back in 1960 we had the programmable light switch that controls the front porch light replaced by an electrician that was doing some other work on the house since it wasn't working. Well 4 years later this one isn't working so I thought I would replace it with a new one.

I went to home depot and they asked what kind of wiring we had and I told him just black and white wires. He stated that the new programmable switches they carried wouldn't work with our wiring since there was no neutral wire in there. They said I would have to try and find an older version of the programmable switches to work. They said the new switches that have a green wire that need to be connected to a neutral wire and that since we only have black and white wires there is no neutral. I just wanted to see if anyone new if in fact what the home depot person said is correct and that we don't have neutral wires in this switch box. If so is there a way...

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There will be three wires: one black, one white, and a separate ground wire that may be bare copper or is sometimes wrapped in green. Inspect the quality of the wires. If any of the wires seem weakened, trim and re-strip the end of the wire to meet your needs.

Identify the three different colored wires, and attach the new light switch to the wires in the same way they had been attached to the old switch. If your wires are solid copper, create a loop in the end of the wire with the pliers and guide it around the screw on the side of the switch. Tighten the screw, ensuring that the wire is securely held beneath the screw and is not splaying to the perimeter of the screw. If your wall wire is composed of a group of smaller wires, use the pliers to gently twist the ends of the wires together to make them “whole,” and then follow the same...

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Connect ground wires.

Provide as shorter lengths (8 inches/20.5 cm) of bare or green insulated wire to this wire-nutted group to allow connection to green ground terminal screws on each device in the box (switches, outlets, fixtures, etc.) - one length of insulated wire per ground terminal screw. If the switch or junction box is metal, it too

must be securely grounded

with a green ground screw or approved grounding clip. This must be done at each and every box that a cable enters and at each device that provides a termination point for ground.

It is highly recommended that you complete these ground connections first, and then gently fold them into the rear of the box - out of the way - leaving only the shorter ground leads out for easy connection to devices. No ground connection is made to plastic, fiber or another non-conductive...
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[Summary]How to Wire a Light Switch The video covers how to wire a basic 15 amp single pole light switch with 14/2 electrical wire. In the tutorial, viewers will see the use of: wire strippers,... Safely Install Different Light Switches | Rep


How to Wire a Light Switch

The video covers how to wire a basic 15 amp single pole light switch with 14/2 electrical wire. In the tutorial, viewers will see the use of: wire strippers,...

Safely Install Different Light Switches |

Replace or install electric light switches of all kinds.

Wiring a light switch? Here's how.

Need help wiring a light switch? I have some diy light switch wiring tips that won't leave you in the dark.

How to: Wire a Light Switch | SmartThings

There are many ways to control and automate your lights with SmartThings. If you...

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If a light switch fails to function, it should be replaced. Most modern switches have screw terminals on each side and may also have holes in the back to accept the end of the wire. Although plug-in connections may be more convenient, they are less reliable than those with screw terminals, so don’t use them!

You can easily loosen the screws on the side of the device with a standard screwdriver (turning counterclockwise), but you may find getting the wires out of the back of the device tricky. To remove these wires, insert the blade of a small screwdriver into the slot under the hole into which the wire is inserted and push in as you pull the wire loose. Pushing the blade of the screwdriver into the slot releases the grip on the inserted wire. Here are descriptions of the wires and where they go:

If the switch has On and Off embossed on its body and it’s the only switch that controls lights or receptacles, it’s a single-pole switch. To replace this kind of switch,...

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1 switch and 2 lights

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Review: Basic 120V and 240V wiring

120Volt circuit requires 2 wires to complete circuit
120Volt requires Hot and Neutral
When installing a switch, the Hot wire is cut, and switch installed.
Switches always turn the Hot wire on-off.

Neutral wires are never connected to switch
Only the hot wire is turned on-off. The neutral is always continuous between Load and breaker box

240Volt circuit also requires 2 wires to complete circuit
240Volt requires Hot1 and Hot2.
No Neutral wire is involved in 240Volt circuit
Read more
240Volt circuit can be turned on-off by cutting power to either Hot1 or Hot2
Double-pole Switches can turn both Hot wires on-off.

Electricity from pole to breaker box
How to replace circuit breaker
How to select wire size and breaker size
Maximum 12 boxes per 120volt circuit

3-way switches - ...
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3-Way Electrical Switch...

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Programmable timer used to control a porch light

In-wall timers can turn a standard wall light switch into a programmable timer complete with 7-day customization, random vacation settings, and a backup battery.

I use the timer to control the porch light over the kitchen door, so there’s no more coming home to a dark house at night or leaving the light on all night be mistake.

Features of In-Wall Programmable Timers

How to Install a Programmable In-Wall Timer

Turn off power at circuit breaker

Choose Proper Switch: Make sure the timer is rated for the same amperage as your existing wiring. A 15-amp timer will replace most standard light switches. Turn Off Power: Turn off the circuit breaker or unscrew the fuse that controls the wall switch and fixture. Remove Switch Cover Plate: Remove the cover plate and use an electrical tester to verify that the power is off. Unscrew Existing Switch: Remove the screws holding the existing switch in the...
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SOURCE: I have a Leviton 5634

Review old switches:
Two old switches > each has 2 wires
Old switch 1 > Red and White
Old switch 2 > Black and White
The same white wire connects to both switches, so effectively they count as 1 wire
This means you have 3 wires ... 1 White, 1 Red, 1 Black
Each switch controls a separate load (light, fan, motor)

New Leviton double-rocker switch:
-Leviton has 2 Brass-colored screws on one side, and these screws are connected together by a brass plate >> your Hot wire will connect to brass screw
-Leviton has 2 Silver-colored screws on other side, and neither of these screws are connected in any way >> the wires going to each load will connect on a different screw on this side of switch.

Hot wire: Each box in your house has exactly 1 hot wire that is connected back to breaker box. This is true for all boxes (excluding boxes that have a 3-way & 4-way switches).
We need to identify Hot...

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Hey all,

Totally newbie problem that I'm throwing out to the TW lighting pros. So I just installed a 32" light bar in the lower front bumper today. Was a cheap ebay bar that came with a harness. Overall the install was a success and everything went smoothly. I wanted to keep an OEM appearance so also bought an oem style switch to mount in the dash and replace the one that came pre-installed in the harness. However, the connectors for the oem switch and the ones that the bar came with look very different. The oem switch has 4 wires (red, green, black, blue) while the original switch has 3 wires (white, blue, black). Can someone point me in the right direction as to how to make this work? I'm a complete idiot when it comes to anything electrical.

Here's the switch that came with the light bar...

And here's the switch I'm trying to replace it with...

There is also an intermediate connector between the original switch that came with the light bar, and...

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–Check local regulations for restrictions and permit requirements before beginning electrical work–

This page contains several diagrams for wiring a switch to control one or more receptacle outlets including a split receptacle and multiple outlets wired together.

Switch Loop to a Receptacle Outlet

This wiring diagram illustrates wiring a light switch to control an existing receptacle outlet. The source is at the receptacle and a switch loop is added to a new switch. The hot source wire is removed from the receptacle and spliced to the red wire running to the switch. The black wire to the switch connects to the hot on the receptacle.

The source neutral wire on the receptacle is removed and spliced to the white running to the switch, and to a pigtail back to the receptacle neutral. At the switch, the neutral wire is needed to power some dimmer switches and is now required in most switch boxes.

Switch First

This wiring illustrates the...

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There are numerous Christmas light sequencers available online for the Raspberry Pi, but I coded a simple one from scratch. All of the sequences were generated by lining up timings of beats/measures in Audacity (audio editor) to particular commands to my sequencer.

This program will randomly pick a static layout for the tree every minute. I have this script running at startup of the Raspberry Pi (through a cron job) as the default behavior when plugging in the unit.

This is the sequencer program, which takes a sequence file and a MP3 as inputs


In the previous step, I provided the layout I used for each logical channel. This file maps each actual GPIO0-7 to the logical channel. So in the setup.txt I have attached, GPIO0's extension cord drives logical channel 8 (Blue), GPIO1 drives logical channel 6 (Red), etc...

test.mp3 / test.txt

This is a simple test case of a audio count of numbers 1 through...

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"Ladder" diagrams

Ladder diagrams are specialized schematics commonly used to document industrial control logic systems. They are called "ladder" diagrams because they resemble a ladder, with two vertical rails (supply power) and as many "rungs" (horizontal lines) as there are control circuits to represent. If we wanted to draw a simple ladder diagram showing a lamp that is controlled by a hand switch, it would look like this:

The "L1" and "L2" designations refer to the two poles of a 120 VAC supply, unless otherwise noted. L1 is the "hot" conductor, and L2 is the grounded ("neutral") conductor. These designations have nothing to do with inductors, just to make things confusing. The actual transformer or generator supplying power to this circuit is omitted for simplicity. In reality, the circuit looks something like this:

Typically in industrial relay logic circuits, but not always, the operating voltage for the switch contacts and...

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Last updated on September 9th, 2017

Problem: Your HVAC system lacks a C-wire (common wire) for your new WiFi thermostat

Solution: Install a Venstar Add-a-Wire adapter!

Short a wire?

If you are lacking the (ironically named) “common wire”, also known as the C-wire, you might be pleased to learn that there’s an adapter for that.

The Venstar Add-a-Wire is an inexpensive, DIY-friendly alternative to running completely new HVAC wires.

From the manufacturer: In applications where additional wiring cannot be run to your programmable digital thermostat, the Add-A-Wire accessory can be used to add a wire to the thermostat.

Venstar Add-a-Wire on

Why add a wire?

In short, Wi-Fi thermostats need more power to run that always-on Wi-Fi connection. The C-wire a common wire that delivers a continuous flow of electricity to your thermostat.

Some manufacturers, like the Nest, claim that their thermostats work without a...

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