1. On a 120 volt system in which the house is located in the United States, how do I wire a light switch that only has one point which will control the device?
A: (TURN OFF THE CIRCUIT FIRST) In order to wire this switch, we'll assume you are not running a completely new circuit, instead you are tapping off of a nearby receptacle or other power supply.
With Romex cable, inside the box where the switch is or will be, optimally you should have all black, all white and all copper individual wires. The neutral (white), you want to wire nut all of them together and bury them in the back of the box.
Second, you want to do the same with the grounds (complete copper or green wires) with the exception of this: You have to check what type of box it is in which the switch has been or will be placed.
1. If it is a metal box then you will need two ends (or very small pieces of same colored wire) coming out of your grounds wire nut. These are called pig tails. One end will go from wire nut to switch. The other wire end will be attached to the metal box via a green ground screw.
2. If the box is a non metal, plastic box, then everything is the same with the exception that instead of two wire ends coming from your grounds' wire nut, there will only be one end that will emerge. Take this end and screw it onto your switch itself where the dedicated ground screw is located on that switch. Usually it is a green screw on the switch itself. That's the spot where you will land the end of your ground wire.
Now that the grounded and grounding conductors (Grounds and neutrals) are finished, we are left with the task of your hot conductor and the switched leg (the screws on the switch itself are usually gold colored screws), unless your box has more than two Romex cables entering it. Then, you have to take a volt meter and determine which wire is the constant hot. In the case of the wire going toward the light, make sure if you are the one who ran the wire from switch to device, you have the black wire (switch leg) marked. If not, you have opened up a can of worms.
When multiple wires are entering a box, the most important wire to separate from all the other black wires is your switched leg. Your other black wires are (90% of the time) loads and one feed. Wire nut the feed and loads all together with a 6" pig tail coming out of your wire nut going toward one of the two screws dedicated for hot conductors. Land your feed (6"pig tail you just made) on one of these screws and your wire headed to/from your device (I have been assuming it is a light) on the other. You're done.
Turn off the circuit which is responsible for powering the switch (or proposed switch).
Wire nut all white wires with no pig tails.
Determine if your box is metallic or plastic.
Cut one or two 6 inch pieces of wire colored green or bare copper.
Grab the (those) cut piece(s) and all the grounds in the box.
Wire nut them together where you will have one or two small pieces of wire coming from where the wire nut is at. (The wire nut that connects all your grounds.)
Land the 6" piece(s) in its (their) appropriate place(s) as described above.
Land one black wire (or hot conductor) on one of the gold screws.
Twist screw with wire underneath tightly.
Repeat the previous two steps with your other black wire remaining.
Turn on the circuit which controls the switch you were working on.
Enjoy controlling the device that prior to you working on it, had power continuously.
Please take extreme caution when working with electricity, as it can kill you. All it takes is 5 milliamp and you could die. If you feel for any reason that you or others may be hurt off of this project, then by all means contact a licensed electrician.
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.
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REFER THIS WORK TO QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS.
Add a light to switch from a different circuitI think here your concern is that you don't want change the performance of the circuit to which you add the light.so you have to use a relay or a solid state relay to the circuit and a separate power supply to the light in compliance with all the safety rules.
because the lights are not controlled by the ignition switch; they are controlled by a separate light switch.
There is no separate switch for it. Pushing the light switch will defeat the dome and courtesy lamps.
well, it's not a requirement, but traditionally a single light on a single switch has hot, neutral and ground brought directly to the light fixture from the panel. this circuit is called the home run. the hot is then run to the switch and back to the light as switched hot, which is used to feed the light. in order to add a second switched light fixture on a separate switch, you could pick up hot, neutral and ground at the first light fixture and carry it in another circuit to the second light fixture (traditionally) OR to the second light switch directly, whichever is easier. if you carried the hot/neutral/ground to the second light fixture, you would then circuit hot and switched hot to/from the second switch. if you carried hot/neutral/ground directly to the second switch, you would have to switch the hot and carry switched hot/neutral/ground to the second light. the same is true if the first switch has the home run, only you would add a circuit from the first switch to the second light fixture (or switch) instead of from the first light fixture.
Only if the existing switch box has an unswitched hot and neutral in it.
It depends on where the feed to the two lights comes from. If the second light is fed parallel with the first light just isolate the second feeder from the first light. If the two lights are feed from the switch box, isolate the light from the switch that you do not want to operate.
Separate circuits, separate fuses, separate flasher relay. Check the hazard fuse, hazard flasher and hazard switch.
It all depends on where the live power is at (the switch or at the light). If power is at the switch, put the black wires on the switch and tie the whites together (assuming there are only 2 cable assemblies in the box). If power is at the light it becomes a little tricky, which I won't go into here.
You need two separate switches. You can get two switches that are in the same form factor as a single switch (2 gang switch). You use one switch for the outlet and the other for the light. You switch the black wires which are "hot".
Yes if you are sure it won't overload the circuit. You may want to install a separate switch as well.
Some brand fans have a remote control kit that installs in the fan housing. Also if you have access you can run a separate switched voltage to the fan. In this case you would have to put a second switch in the same box that controls fan, unless it is a switch with speed control that came with fan. In this case you would have to install a new box (Old Work Switch Box from Home Depot or Lowes for example) and run voltage to the box, install a switch and run wire to fan and connect to light. One other possibility is to check the ceiling box and see if there is a spare red wire. If so you could use this to switch power to the light separately from the fan. Again it depends on the switch configuration and supply voltage feed.
All a switch does is separate the hot side of a voltage source from the light. This means you put the switch "in series" with the black wire going to the light fixture. The black wire from supply goes into one terminal of the switch and the black wire going to the light goes on the other terminal. The switch is grounded with the bare wire from supply and the white wires coming from supply and going to light are connected with a wirenut. The bare wire grounds are also connected with a wirenut.
The number of poles refers to how may separate signals or if you will, wires you switch when the switch is activated or deactivated. For example your typical light switch just switches the hot wire and turns the light on or off and is called a SPST switch. The SPDT switches a signal to either of two circuits. So for example, if you had hot connected to the input and a light connected to each output (Throw), you would have one light on and one off and each time you throw the switch the lights switch which is off and which is on. The DPDT can switch two separate signals at the same time and each goes to one of two separate circuits. If you had two separate breakers and four light bulbs you could hook up one breaker hot to one pole and the other breaker to the second pole. If you had four light bulbs each connected to each of two switch outputs, then one bulb from each breaker would be on and when switched the other bulb on each breaker would be on. For diagrams just search for SPDT and DPDT.
The light wouldn't go on unless just the neutral was cut and there was a separate ground.
If you have unswitched supply from a light you need to route the supply through the new switch to the new light. You want to switch the black wire and just connect the white wires together with a wirenut and connect the bare ground wires together by a separate wirenut.
They are two separate circuits, each has their own fuse. The brake lights not working could be caused by a few things such as a blown fuse, blown bulbs, bad brake light switch, misadjusted brake light switch and depending on what vehicle you have, a bad signal light switch.
The switch you are referring to is called a three way switch operating one or a string of devices from two separate locations. You have to either parallel it at the existing light or find out which end the switch leg and associated neutral is on. Sometimes the electrician will feed the fixture with the neutral and use travellers between switches with 3 wire circuits so you first need to know how it has been wired. It is legal to feed the switches and lamps from any of the locations. Unless you are tapping into the light fixture itself, I would have a professional look at it.
It is the brakes light switch
where is brake light switch
The headlight switch that has the dash light dimmer knob. The dimmer switch went bad and you can only fix it by getting another headlight switch on most cars. Some though have a separate dimmer switch.
Some rooms have an outlet controlled by a light switch at the door. This is normally in bedrooms. It is possible that the switch is wired to only one of two outlets in a duplex outlet since it is easy to configure a duplex outlet to separate the bottom and top outlets.
I can probably answer this question but to do so I need more info; switchleg from where another light? And why are you switching it again? or are you adding a light? Respond to my message page and I'll try to answer it further. I am hooking up a light fixture in an add on closet. I am feeding from the light in the bedroom, and I want to control the closet light from a switch just out side the closet door.
to turn/ switch the light on and of
i think that the light switch is shorting out are the auto light switch shorting for the thumb switch
To control a light with a switch, the switch has to be connected in series with the light fixture.