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I replaced a foyer light that is illuminated by a double light switch (switch 1 turns on the foyer light, switch 2 turns on the outdoor porch/garage lights) and have discovered that the wire from (I b

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  • Brett Ballantini May 08, 2014

    This is a shot of the current setup, both switches have top and bottom screws on the right side. The left switch is the one that works, intended to light outdoor lights but currently illuminating the foyer light as well!

  • Brett Ballantini May 08, 2014

    Everything I outlined above remains valid EXCEPT for the fact that I have found that while switch 1 (the foyer light) still buzzes and trips the fuse, switch 2 operates all three of the other lights (foyer, front door, and driveway)! This is a shot of the current setup, both switches have top and bottom screws on the right side. The left switch is the one that works, intended to light outdoor lights but currently illuminating the foyer light as well! Closeup of switch 1 on the right side, the one that is tripping the fuse instead of lighting the foyer light. Closeup of the right side of the second switch, which should illuminate the outside lights but now is lighting all three. A yellow wire enters from the top of the switch area and is attached to the top screw on the first (left) switch. An orange wire enters from the top of the switch area and is attached to the top screw on the second (right) switch. A red wire enters from the back of the switch area attaches to the bottom screw on the first (left) switch and loops over to the bottom screw on the second (right) switch. I hope that is some additional information that helps someone solve this odd problem. I'm not sure what I'm overlooking.

  • Brett Ballantini May 08, 2014

    OK, well, none of my pictures came up and I can't delete my question or comment to clean this up. I'll try to add my four photos here now.







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You have 2-gang switch.
Look at following illustration showing gang switches:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-wire-switches.html#gang

Hot wire feeds one screw on first switch, and then jumpers to second switch.
Your jumper wire is connected wrong place.

Find hot wire... there will be 1 hot wire entering gang box.
Disconnect all wires, and separate for testing.
Turn power on and test each wire to bare ground wire... that will show the hot wire.

Sorry it is difficult to post question on fixya, or communicate with people answering free questions.

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why not connevct them up to a movement sensor, that way they come on when you make a movement near them. So they dont fire off when cats or birds fly by make sure you set them to close to your height. Then you can see your way to the shed turn the lighjt on that you can now see where the switch is and then turn it back off when you leave. Most of these sensor lights can be set toa timed on period

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The neon lamp inside of the switch draws very little current (milli, or mico amps) so there is no significant current flowing to ground.

As for your real question, there are several various types of 3-way pilot switches:
Load on: Pilot on
Load off: Pilot on
Some 3-way pilot switches have an external lead which allows them to be configured either way.
If both of your switches are the same type and are wired correctly, they should work the same.
If you suspect that one is defective, try swapping them.

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Switch-plug combo:
bare ground goes to green screw
dark screw goes to hot from breaker
silver screw to neutral
brass screw goes to load (light)

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You are replacing single pole light switch?
Single pole switch has 3 wires: black and red and bare copper

New device has 4 different colored screws: green, dark, brass, silver
Bare copper goes to green screw.
Black wire goes to dark screw
Red wire to brass screw
Nothing on silver screw for a moment. Test circuit and make sure light turns on-off.
If lights works, then good so far.

Now let look at silver screw. Neutral wire has to connect to silver screw.
In back of your electrical box are white wires twisted together and covered with wire nut.
These are neutral wires.
You must connect another short piece of insulated wire to these neutral wires and run that wire to silver screw.
The neutral wire will complete circuit to receptacle.
If you do not have neutral wire, then receptacle will not work in that box without additional wiring.

Hook up neutral wire to silver screw.
Now turn on power and click switch again.
If circuit breaker trips, then reverse your red and black wires.
Otherwise this should be correct wiring.

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SOURCE: IN THE OLD DOUBLE SWITCH I REPLACED WITH THE 5224,

The switch is wired backwards. Swap sides with the wires.

If you look closely at the switch you will see that one side has 2 screws that are joined together with a metal tab. _That_ is the side that gets the hot wire, pick a screw, it doesn't matter which one as long as you don't break off that tab.

On the other side of the switch you will see that the 2 screws are _not_ joined together with a metal tab. _Those_ are the screws that connect to each individual switch leg.

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This is an edit of my original problem posted a few minutes ago. I'm replacing a foyer light that is operated by a double light switch ON THE WALL (switch 1 turns on the foyer light, switch 2 turns on...


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