Question about Pass & Seymour #690WGCC6 15A White 2SP UL Switches
I specialize in wiring devices and timers.
You are adding a new light.
You need to wire a switch to the new light.
The existing box has a switch and receptacle.
Here's where I am confused:
I am uncertain if the original switch and receptacle are a single device.
Of if you have separate switch and separate receptacle?
What kind of device are you adding, a single switch?
Are you replacing the receptacle with a switch?
Or are you installing a double switch as shown below?
Add a comment and tell me the devices you are working with and the color of the screws on sides of each devices and I will get it wired correctly for you.
The double toggle switch shown above has brass screws on one side and silver screws on the other side.
The brass screws are connected by a brass plate.
The silver screws on the other side of the device are separate.
The hot wire connects to the brass screw.
The outdoor light connects to one of the silver screws.
The new light connects to the other silver screw.
Posted on Nov 06, 2010
The way you described your wiring, the hot (black) wire and one white (neutral) wire come into the box. This hot wire should connect to the side with a single terminal or in some cases two screws, but with a small jumper between screws. The black to the light would connect to one of the two terminals on the other side of the switch (these are separated by plastic). The neutrals (white) would be connected together. Now if you want to add a new light you'll have to run a hot and neutral to it too. Connect it's black wire to the other switched terminal, and the neutral with the other 2 white wires. The reason the light stayed on is that you had both wires under one terminal. The reason it blew a fuse is that when you turned the switch on it was a dead short from the hot to the neutral. Hope this helps. Please respond if it did.
Posted on Nov 06, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
Turn off the power to the receptacle that will be replaced by switching off the circuit breaker in the fuse box. Check that the battery is good in a circuit tester. If not, replace the battery. Place the tester's two ends in one set of the receptacle's slots, then the other set. The light on the tester should not come on. If it does, the correct circuit breaker has not been switched off.
Take off the receptacle's face plate by first removing its screw. Detach the two screw securing the receptacle to the box and pull out the receptacle. Loosen the receptacle's terminal screws and pull away all wires from the back of the receptacle. Take out the receptacle (if working properly, it can be reused). If the ends of the wires are chewed up after removing them from the existing receptacle, cut them off with wire cutters. Strip off 1/2 an inch of insulation from the ends, using wire strippers. Bend them into loops with the pliers.
Bend the copper ends of all wires into a loop, using a pliers. Connect the white wires to the silver terminal and tighten the screw to the wires. Connect the black wires to the gold terminal and tighten the screw to the wires. Connect the bare ground wires to the ground terminal and tighten the screw to the wires.
Push all cables into the back of the box, followed by the receptacle. Attach the receptacle to the box with the two screws. Hold the new faceplate in position and install the screw. Turn on the power at the circuit breaker.
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