Question about Leviton Decora Rocker 4-Way AC Residential Quiet Switch, White, #5604-2W

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I'm trying to replace Lviton OH3504 Photelectric switch with wires coming out of device for connection. I'm replacing with a Leviton 4 way swith 5604 with no wiring just screws. I'm using the replaced light just to turn on and off. How do I connect the color coded wires.

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    Hugh Parker May 22, 2011

    Are there other locations to switch the same light ? I am wondering why you are using a 4 way switch. Also need to know the color and quantity of wires in j-box and the wires on the old switch.



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Need more information.
Project is not clearly defined.
Add a comment with clear description of each wire and what Load is being controlled.
Why are you using a 4-way switch? Are you controlling 240Volt circuit?

Photoelectric switch usually has red, black, white wires, and usually replaces a single pole switch but can also be used to control 240Volt circuit in some wiring diagrams.

4-way switch has 4 screw terminals and is generally not used to replace a single-pole photoelectric eye, but can be used to control 240Volt circuit in some wiring diagrams, so I'm not sure what you are doing.

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Several questions here.

1) Lights should not flicker and switch should not make sound (or get unusually warm)
2) You should not have to 'press hard' to get switch to turn off.
3) Are the switches defective. YES. Remove and replace with ordinary toggle switch and see if flickering and sound-making continue. If problems continue, maybe local electrician should assess problem on-site.
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5) Builder electricians sometimes buy super cheap brand knock-offs that are not UL rated. Do not think all Leviton products lack quality. Buy new switches at local home center, and new switches will work fine.
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Instructions below may be way off base if you are trying to replace a 3-way switch.
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Add a comment any time, and clarify your device your are replacing.

Electricians don't guess, they test.
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Note where each wire was connected to old device before removal.
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If operation is not correct, then add a comment and say what the second black and white wires connect to.


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