Question about Intermatic Inc. EJ500C Digital Wall Switch Timer - Self-Adjusting Feature
We removed a regular light switch, not a 3 way light switch & installed a timer light switch. The direction say to connect the white (neutral wire) to the white on the switch. The black wire from the timer switch connects to the hot from the panel. The red connects to the load (wire coming from the lights). the ground from the timer switch i connected to the metalic juction box. We turned the power on & pushed the manual on & the lights come on but turn off right away. Same thing when the timer turns the lights on, they go off right away. Can figure out what the issue is.
I must assume that when the light goes out (quickly after it goes on) that you can turn it on again very soon and the same thing will occur. This cold be an overload; that is, the timer is designed for handling 300 watts (as an example) and you have 400 or more watts of lighting, therefore the timer is saying this is too much and cutting off. Or there can be a bad light that is drawing too much electric such as a fluorecent light with a bad ballast. Or, if this outlet where the switch was, has only 2 wires that went to the old switch (and no other wires) then you may be feeding current into the new timer switch and shorting it out. The essential point is: is this switch outlet box with only 2 wires where the black and white both went to the switch, or are there more wires where 2 blacks (or a black & red) went to the old switch and the white wires are nutted together and not attached to the old switch.
You need to determine the wiring system within the box before you can determine how to apply them to this timer unit. Remember, the timer needs a nuetral and ahot just to operate, then it needs to feed this operated conrolled electric to the light via the red output wire. Regular switches do not work in this manner.
Posted on Apr 28, 2010
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