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t6joe 04-23-2013 11:48 AM

convert illuminated switch to timer switch
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I tried to convert an illuminated switch to a timer switch. You can find the wiring diagram of the current illuminated switch here.

The timer switch that I purchased had a red, white, black, and green wire.

I wired white to white, black to hot black, green to gnd, and load to one and both of my load lines in the picture. The timer switch light lit up but the led read out did not work and it did not turn any lights on! I am really confused.

Do I need a new timer switch? Can I even use a timer switch in this config? I see that some leviton switches can have 2 travelers... can I wire my 2 loads to these ?


AandPDan 04-23-2013 12:52 PM

What model timer switch did you buy?

t6joe 04-23-2013 01:40 PM

I bought this one

AandPDan 04-23-2013 01:48 PM


So you've connected the black and white wires from the breaker to the black and white wires on the switch. You've connected the red wire on the switch to the black wire on your load. Is the white wire from the load connected to the neutral?

t6joe 04-23-2013 01:54 PM

That's correct:

Black on the switch goes to the hot black wire from breaker
White on the switch goes to neutral in the box
Red on the switch goes to black load

I'm assuming that white from the load is tied up in the neutral from the box as there is a large wire nut with lots of white wires

AandPDan 04-23-2013 01:59 PM

Are you absolutely positive that the black wire you have feeding the switch, from the breaker, is correct? You didn't accidentally swap it with the black from the load side?

Do you have a meter?

t6joe 04-23-2013 02:37 PM

I'm sure:
Here's what I did.

I ran the meter from my hot light bulb to the load black and it beeped.

I disconnected all the wires from the switch, turned the breaker on and tested the black hot and it read ~110 V. The other two blacks were dead.


AandPDan 04-23-2013 02:40 PM

It might be a bad switch. It appears to be wired correctly and you do say the LED readout isn't working.

t6joe 04-23-2013 03:15 PM

The on/off button lights up but the lead readout doesnt work

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