I have never done any kind of electrical work and I am trying to install a wall switch light timer (Aube TI071) for my porch light. I followed all the instructions:
My current light switch had two black lines going into it (line and load) and it was also connected to the bare copper (ground wire), then a group of white (neutral) wires in the back.
The instructions say to connect the BlUE wire on the timer to the Blue (load)... Mine are both black which makes it tricky. I connected the top wire to blue and figured I had a 50/50 chance of getting it right, and if not it just wouldnt work right? And connect the BLACK wire on the timer to the black (line). Then to connect the white wire on the timer to 2 (neutral lines). There is no place for the (ground) wire so I have no idea where to put that one??? Is it ok to just leave it free floating around in there or do I just cap it off?
So I did all that and tried it. It was working and I programmed it. However, the light switch with the porch light also has 3 other switches in the box, which I did not touch or do anything with their wires, but after installing the Timer, the lights for my living room shine 20 times brighter than they used to and they are not adjustable brightness lights. It was really worrisome to me b/c they shined so bright they looked like they would burst. Like they were getting too much power or something.
Then a while later the timers LED screen started flickering, and the bright lights were flickering too. It scared me so I shut the power off. I thought some wires were maybe just loose so i went back and retightened them all and put electrical tape around them, turned the power back on and it didnt turn on at all now. i thought that the wires must be in the right place if it turned on the first time, or is it possible the line and load wires and switched?? I don't know what else to do. Please help. Thank you!