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I want to replace my existing single bulb porch light with a 2 bulb motion activated light. It would be operated with the existing switch. Is this ok to do?


Yes. Must keep switch turned ON.
Outdoor lights will only come on when motion is detected, otherwise light bulb does not come on. So the indoor wall switch does not work as override since the motion sensor takes over as the sole switch.
Copy following link for wiring illustrations:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-wire-occupancy-switch.html#motion
Other solutions include adding separate motion sensor light nearby and keep porch light so you can turn on-off when desired.
Another option is to add photocell to outdoor light so it turns on automatically at dusk.
Another option is to use outdoor yard timer with dawn-dusk capability:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Woods-timers-and-manuals.html#outdoor
Another option is to replace indoor wall switch with with dawn-dusk timer, that can also be used as ordinary on-off switch so you can turn porch light on-off when desired. Timer such as Intermatic ST01C offers simple 2-wire connection.:
http://waterheatertimer.org/ST01C-program.html
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Aug 18, 2013 | Electrical Supplies

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Ge timer 15131 buzzing


Copy following link to see array of GE analog timers, including 15131: Model numbers and designs change as products are updated to meet new marketing objectives.
http://waterheatertimer.org/GE-timers-and-manuals.html#15119

Information about 15131 analog timer:
Plug timer into different outlet to eliminate outlet-wiring as possible suspect.
If timer makes noise only when connected to one outlet, then test outlet for loose wires, and feel is outlet is warm, or circuit breaker is warm to touch to indicate electrical problem.

GE15131 is ordinary analog timer with small clock motor inside that rotates timer dial. Motor gears are plastic, and generally very quiet.
So the timer has small motor that could cause humming noise.
There is also a switch that could be partially burned, from use-and-age or overload, and that could be flickering, but you would expect that to happen only when light was ON, and light would probably flicker, or not turn on.
Buy another timer if noise is annoying. These timers have 1 year limited warranty, and can stop functioning within a year or two, just like a $10 Christmas toy might not function very long.
Analog timers sometimes work for many years.

Nov 20, 2012 | Hardware & Accessories

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I have porch lights that are controlled by a switch in front entryway and also from garage. (3-way) I want to put a timer in entryway and by-pass the garage so lights come on from only one location.


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Identify which of 2 switches has the Hot or Power wire.
Hot wire will be connected to dark screw on one of the switches.

If Hot wire is in garage box, then follow this Step 1-2-3 diagram for ST01C timer:
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/GE-15312-3-way-circuit-6-60.jpg

If Hot or power wire is in entryway box, then you have a '3-way no neutral,' so cap off 3 wires going to other switch. ..
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-wire-switches.html#3-way-a
And then wire ST01C timer as single pole no neutral.
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/ST01C-single-pole-284.jpg

Oct 23, 2012 | Intermatic Inc. ST01C Digital In-Wall...

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Programable light switch


Switch is not identified.
Switch might be bad. Replace the switch.
Copy following link to see switch wiring diagrams:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-wire-switches.html

If you have a timer, such as EJ351, then timer can go bad even when light is working correctly.
Copy following link to help identify timer and download manual:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Intermatic-timers-and-manuals.html

Nov 27, 2011 | Electrical Supplies

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Bought a Utilitech #0192773 to replace an older and non-working Intermatic SS7 series. The Intermatic had a black wire connected to hot, and a blue wire connected to neutral, and a red wire was capped off...


Utilitec 0192773 replaces single-pole switch and will not work for 3-way applications.

Open following link for clear wiring and programming steps for Utilitec 0192773
http://waterheatertimer.org/Program-wire-Utilitec-0192773.html

Utilitec can also be tricky to program if you are setting up astro dawn-dusk function.

For others finding this thread, same wiring applies to in-wall programmable timers by GE, Woods, Swilight, Sylvania, Tork, Hagar, UPM, Leviton, Grasslin, Wattstopper, Westek, and Intermatic analog timers. Intermatic battery-operated, Brinks and Aube timers are wired differently since they also work for 3-way applications.

Jun 05, 2011 | Intermatic Inc. ST01C Digital In-Wall...

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I am trying to install a ge digital timer (model 15086) for a porch light. I have one black wire and one white wire coming from the wall. The timer has a white, black, red and green wire. How do I procede?


I am commenting on things are here in the u/k not u/s which is not the same but i hope this is of some help.......From the wall black and white ,this is a switch wire which is on or off, i would link this to white to white , black to black or black to red with the rest left unconnected,,,,,Check to see if you have fitting instructions indicating what wire goes where....Good luck

Feb 19, 2011 | GE Vacuums

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I the manual wiring doesn't match what I have in the switch box. This switch is to operate 2 outside porch lights., previously wired to a single pole switch as follows.. one black wire to one screw and 2...


I test these timers.
GE 15071 timer has internal clock that runs on electricity. That's why timer has extra wire.
Intermatic, GE, Tork, Leviton, Sylvania, Woods, Utilitec etc in-wall timers each wire the same way.
The only tiny difference is GE doesn't have green ground wire.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Program-wire-Utilitec-0192773.html

Here's what to do:
1) Old switch has two screws (excluding green ground screw)
One screw on old switch has 2 black wires >> these are hot wires > timer black wire connects to these hot wires. This will power the timer.
2) The other switch wire connects to timer red wire. This will send timer signal to lights.

3) Timer white wire is for the timer clock.
Timer white wire connects to other white wires that are twisted together and covered with wire nut >>> these are neutral wires, and now timer clock will operate
4) For EZ connection to other white wires, strip back another inch on timer white wire so stranded wire can wrap like a candy cane around solid copper wires. Then twist wire nut on very tight.

5) When wiring is complete, push door on timer for manual override. Lights should turn ON-OFF. If lights do not turn on, reverse timer red and timer black wires. Make sure outdoor bulbs are working.

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Dec 14, 2010 | Intermatic Inc. ST01C Digital In-Wall...

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I bought Utilitech #0141224 7 day digital in wall timer. I have just 2 wires at the junction box both of which are painted over but assume one could be black and other white. The 7 day digital timer...


Hello, I bought an in door smart digital timer (G.E.) or Jasco product for my front porch light. I hooked all the wires as instructed and programmed according to instructions. I have a two wire system, so i left the green wire unattached. The light comes on but flashes very fast. What's up with that? This is the second one i've replaced, the first one did the same thing!. Whats wrong?
Thanks,...
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