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There are three basic types of wall switches. # Toggle Switch - The popular toggle switch has an arrow-shaped armature that floats between the contact points when the switch is in the off position. This armature comes in contact with both terminals when the switch is flipped to the on position (B), thus providing a continuous flow of electrical current to the light or appliance. # Mercury Switch - The mercury switch has a small hollow cylinder, partially filled with mercury. In the off position, the small contact point is above the mercury level (A). When flipped to the on position, the contact point is immersed in mercury (B). This establishes contact between the two terminals and provides power to the light or appliance. # Silent Switch - The silent switch has a steel spring armature that is pressed away from the bottom terminal when the switch is turned off. Flipping the switch lever to the on position moves the steel spring back against the contact point (B), thus establishing contact in the circuit.

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Timer is not identified.
Add a comment and describe timer, and say if timer has wires, then describe color of wires on timer.
If you have box type timer, then add comment with model number that appears on door.

1) There are two types of in-wall timers: battery-operated timers and electric-powered timers are wired differently.
Open following link for typical single-pole electric-power timer wiring.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Programmable.html#wire

2) There are two more variations on in-wall timers.
Battery-operated timers can be used to replace single-pole and 3-way switches.
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The wiring is more complicated for 3-way timers since each model wires differently
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I changed the light bulbs in the fixture it controls, now it does not work. What is wrong?


This switch is designed to dim incandescent lamps. It has nothing in its description about being used with CFL (compact fluorescent lamps) types. If you are attempting to dim standard CFL types, it will not work.

CFL's are available in both dim-able and standard types. As you may have guessed, only those marked as "dim-able" will work with a dimmer switch. Dim-able CFLs cost slightly more than standard CFLs but may be controlled by any switch. Dimmer switches may only control incandescent and other type lamps that specifically state they are compatible with dimmer switches.

If you are attempting to dim incandescent lamps, make sure that you are not trying to dim lamps with a total wattage greater than the dimmer can handle. Most dimmer switches are rated for 600 watts, if you have two dimmer switches under one wall plate, the wattage rating drops to about 500 watts. This de-rating is because of the heat the switches create. There are dimmer switches that can dim more than 600 watts, but the price skyrockets for a 1000 watt dimmer, and keeps climbing.

If your wattage is within the limits of the dimmer, check the bulbs. If they are ok, the dimmer may have failed and require replacement.

If you found my reply helpful, please rate it "4 thumbs up". Good luck & thanks!

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Umm...
We're having some confusion on the terminology here which is why I don't think anyone's responded so far.

Let's start here:
In the United States, there are three types of wiring circuits: single-pole, 3-way, and 4-way
Internationally, those same three types are instead referred to as: single-pole, 2-way, 3-way

So, when you say that you want to replace a 2-way wall switch, and replace it with a 3-way programmable timer - I think we're talking about the same type of wiring configuration - so yes, it should work.

The only thing you need to look at is that if this is a 2-way/3-way circuit, then chances are that there is another light switch that controls the same fixture, correct? Some programmable timers do not work with standard, 3-way toggle switches in the other location, you may want to investigate what is required at that spot. I would contact the manufacturer of the timer switch you're using for more information.

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I have never been a big fan of these type switchs for this very reason. This type of "in line" switch usually has two halves, that fit over the cord. It could be that the screw that holds the two halves together could be loose. If this connection is tight, then, depending on what type of switch this is (there are several types), it might or might not could be repaired. THEREFORE, I would suggest a trip to the hardware store or department store, and buy a new switch (Wal Mart carries 2 types of these type switches). The instructions will be included with the switch, and it is easy enough for most homeowners to easily repair, most of the time with only a screwdriver. And as long as you have the lamp unplugged when you repair it (PLEASE!), there is no harm of being electrocuted.

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