Top Answer
User Avatar
Wiki User
Answered 2009-07-20 14:54:15

There are no double-pole 120 volt switches

You may be mistaking a four-way switch for a double pole. This device won't perform to serve your application.


As always, if you are in doubt about what to do, the best advice anyone should give you is to call a licensed electrician to advise what work is needed.

Before you do any work yourself,

on electrical circuits, equipment or appliances,

always use a test meter to ensure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized.




User Avatar

Your Answer


Still Have Questions?

Related Questions

Can you use a 240V disconnect switch for a 120V AC?

Yes and you will have a spare terminal for future use

How do you change a double pole 240v breaker to a single pole 120v breaker to allow a regular 120v receptacle to work?

See Discussion Page

What takes less energy 120v or 240v?

120V takes less energy

Can I use a 120v rated bulb in a 240v socket on a 120v circuit?


When would you use a double pole switch?

to turn on a 240v or480v system,like a 240v waterheater

Can a 120V Generator run 240V machines?


Can 240V washer run on 120V outlet?


You are building a new house and trying to decide between 120v and 240v which is better More practical?

In the US, both 120v and 240v will be needed for your home, as different appliances need different voltages. Your TV needs 120V, while your electric dryer and stove will need a 120V/240V supply. If you have an electric water heater, or central AC unit, they will need a 240V supply.

What is the normal voltage of house clectricity in the US?

120v or 240v. 120v is one leg of the main panel, and 240 is two legs of the main panel. 120v is lights,outlets. 240v, dryer,stove.

Why are you not getting 240v between the two hot wires?

Because they are "in-phase". In order to get 240v, you need two 120v Alternating Current lines that are 180&deg; out of phase, that is, opposite phases. Only when one line is +120v and the other -120v will you see 240v between the wires.

How can you convert a 240v clothes dryer to 120v can you use to different outlettes?

You cannot use 2-120v outlets to power a 240v dryer. You can convert a 240v dryer outlet to power 2-120v outlets if they are supplied with a neutral. This requires a competent electrician. Do not do this yourself.

Can you run your neon sign of 120v 50hz 60hz 0.6a 7.5kv 30mA in an Australian 240v power outlet?

No. The neon sign is fed by a step-up transformer. Primary side 120V, secondary side 7500V. If you applied 240 to the primary side you would get 15000 volts on the neon tube. A flash over and then nothing. If you can find a transformer from 120V to 240V or 240V to 120V then you are good to go. Connect 240V to 240V side and you will get 120V out the other, connect the 120V side to the neon sign and you should have light. Transformer should be at least 100va. This will give you an output of .83 amps at 120V

You need to connect a compressor which is rated at 240V ac but it is hooked up to a 120V power supply so you're uncertain on how that could be and how to connect the compressor?

Your compressor is a dual voltage compressor. The original installer followed the instructions to switch it (probably internally) to the 230 volt setting or to internally wire it for that voltage. The label or information plate on the unit may only indicate the higher voltage rating. You don't have to do anything.

How can you make a 240V device run on 120V?

you can't , you need 230 volts and you can't double up 115 to make it work

If you put a 60W 120V bulb in a 120V lamp that has a transformer for 240V and plug it into a 240V outlet will it work or blow the circuitry?

Off hand no but your explanations are not clear as to who is doing what to whom,,

How do you plug a 120V appliance into an outlet wired for a 240V?

you get an adapter

Is it safe to use a 120v input battery charger on 240v?


How do I connect a single pole 220v switch to a 3 wire 220v motor using 2 hot wires plus 1 ground?

Is it a single pole switch, or a (220)240v switch? A 240v switch is a double pole switch. It has 4 screws and disconnects both hot sources simultaneously.If it's a single pole 120v/277v switch, that just means you can use it on 120v or 277v circuits. If it's not a double pole switch with 4 screws, it's not the right one. Get a 240v double pole switch for this. You can usually find these at home improvement stores.When you state that the motor is a "three wire" make sure that the phasing is correct and you are not trying to connect up a three phase motor.Before you do any work yourself,on electrical circuits, equipment or appliances,always use a test meter to ensure the circuit is, in fact, de-energizedIF YOU ARE NOT REALLY SURE YOU CAN DO THIS JOBSAFELY AND COMPETENTLYREFER THIS WORK TO QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS.

What would cause light sockets to read 130V in a 240V system when the light switch is off?

More than likely, your 240V system has branches that supply a standard household 120V to things like lighting outlets. Most light bulbs in the US run on 120V so this is probably a convenience feature. Otherwise you would have to go to a specialty store and buy 240V bulbs.

Do you need a double pole switch for 3 way?

No... you need a 3-way switch. A double pole switch is used when you are turning on and off something that requires 220-240V.

Can I use 120v 10a 1250 w cable for projector 110-240v power in India?

You can use 120v 10a 125w cable projectors 110-240v power in India.

What are the two most popular operating voltages for residences?

120v and 240v

What is the voltage in the secondary coil if the primary coil is supplied with 120V?


You have 120v photo flash lights - how do you use them with 240v in Oz?

Power adaptors are readily available that plug into Australia's 240v outlets, converting to 120v. Find them in travel, luggage and electronics stores.

How do you change a heater from 120 volts 3a to 240 volts 1.5 a?

the simplest solution is by connecting two 120v 3amps heater in series , the same can be used directly on 240v. However the current drawn will still be 3 amps &amp; Not 1.5 amps. The heater output power will be double that of a single heater running on 120v. ( or equvalent to two heaters operating on 120v. supply ) A more expensive method is to use a stepdown transformer which can be powered on 240v &amp; connect the heater on the transformer 120v side. this method will consume approx. 1.5 amps from the 240v supply.