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Can't Find Correct Pull Chain Switch I have a new bathroom wall sconce that has a two lights - a regular bulb and an LED night light. The pull chain switch for it broke and no one at Lowes or Home Depot has seen anything like it. It looks like a standard pull chain 2 wire on/off, but it only has a momentary ''off''. The pull sequence is: 1. Main bulb on, LED off 2. Main bulb off, LED on 3. Main bulb on, LED on 4. both off All the switch does is momentary break the circuit. I cracked open the broken one and you can see that it's normal position is on, and pulling the chain only temporarily interrupts the circuit, then it goes back to on. I replaced it with a standard on/off switch, but you have to click it twice for each sequence, eight times for a full cycle. None of the ''experts'' at the home centers know what this is. What are these switches called, and where can I get one?

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It's called a "momentary switch, normally closed". This is sometimes abbreviated Mom Switch, NC. But I have never seen one with a pull chain before. Maybe you can find one with a toggle that you can attach a chain to.
Good luck.

Posted on May 10, 2010

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    Al Kupchella May 10, 2010

    Maybe there is a manufacturer name on the switch that would help you in your search.

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