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Eagle switch (on/off with a light.I want to install it. it has 2 dark screws on one side, +line+. And alight shiney colored screw at one end, and a brass screw at the other end whitch says cu wire only. and a green ground in the center. in the wall i have a black and white wire. HELP PLEASE

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The Eagle 271 is designed to switch two, separate circuits. If you only have a black & a white wire in the wall, then it sounds like you only have one switching circuit in there.

You could use the device you have if you want. Connected the black wire to one of the dark screws, and the white wire to either the brass or the shiny screw (just pick one). This will make one light switch work, and the other light switch will be solely for decoration.


If you used to be able to switch two, separate circuits from this switch box, and you only see the black & white wire, then I hate to tell you, it sounds like you lost a wire in the wall.

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