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I am replacing light switch and need help. the old has red, white and black wires. the new cooper switch has a green and two brass screws with a red painted area at the top. does the white go to the green screw and the red and black go to the brass screws?

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  • bigarm Dec 31, 2008

    Thanks Dan

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    I don't have two brass on right side one brass one black the left side says lighted and has a brass screw

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Nope, you have the wrong type of switch. The old one is what is called a 3-way switch. You need to purchase a replacement 3-way. The switch you currently have is a standard on/off switch and can not be used in that situation.

Dan

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