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Old 10-10-2011, 06:41 PM   #1
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I needed a switch to control a power-strip that is not easily accessible.

I spliced in a piece of romex cable into the surge protecter just after the surge protector's switch. I also soldered in the ground in the romex to the ground in the surge-protecter.

I have a normal light switch that works, but I wanted to do something a little more fun. I bought an illuminated push button switch that says it is rated 110V 10A. It is a locking DPDT switch. I'm not quite sure how to wire it so that the switch illuminates when the circuit is closed. There are 8 pins in the back. I'm going to leave one set un-connected since I only want the switch to act as a single throw. I attached a picture of the switch so you know what I'm talking about. And a picture of the wiring diagram that came with the switch.
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Connect the - Lamp to the neurtral
Connect the incoming power to C1
Connect the Lamp + and your load to NO1

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Connect the - Lamp to the neurtral
Connect the incoming power to C1
Connect the Lamp + and your load to NO1
What is "your load" in this explanation? Do I simply connect NO1 and Lamp + together?
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What is "your load" in this explanation? Do I simply connect NO1 and Lamp + together?
By load he means the power strip....or what ever the output is driving.

Yes on the NO1 and Lamp.

Personally....I avoid using the wiper as the input....I would rather connect your hot to NO1 and the Load & Lamp to C1. That way, the NC1 contact is not hot when the thing is off.
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Not sure why I'm having such a hard time with this.

So with the romex cable coming down to the switch I have a black wire (my incoming power) and a white line (I assume we are calling this the load).

For simplicity I'll use a7ecorsair's directions.
I attach the black wire to "C1" and attach the white wire to "NO1" and "+ Lamp" What do I attach to "- Lamp"?

I do have the bare copper wire that is connected to the ground, but I'm guessing it is a stupid idea to use this as a neutral.

Someone set me straight.
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you need a '3 wire' cable black/red/white/bare
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Not sure why I'm having such a hard time with this.

So with the romex cable coming down to the switch I have a black wire (my incoming power) and a white line (I assume we are calling this the load).

For simplicity I'll use a7ecorsair's directions.
I attach the black wire to "C1" and attach the white wire to "NO1" and "+ Lamp" What do I attach to "- Lamp"?

I do have the bare copper wire that is connected to the ground, but I'm guessing it is a stupid idea to use this as a neutral.

Someone set me straight.
If I'm reading your description correctly, the black and white wire make up your incoming power. Black = hot and white = neutral.
The load is what ever you want the switch to operate and you only switch the hot lead.
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you need a '3 wire' cable black/red/white/bare
I'm guessing this is the correct answer.

Is there any way to wire this switch so that it illuminates without 3 wires (hot, load, neutral) coming to the switch?

For instance, can I...

Connect the - Lamp to the neurtral
Connect the incoming power to C1
Connect the Lamp + to NO1

Assuming this is a functional setup, is there any safety concern in doing this?

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I'm guessing this is the correct answer.

Is there any way to wire this switch so that it illuminates without 3 wires (hot, load, neutral) coming to the switch?

For instance, can I...

Connect the - Lamp to the neurtral
Connect the incoming power to C1
Connect the Lamp + to NO1

Assuming this is a functional setup, is there any safety concern in doing this?
There isn't any safety as long as you connect the ground wire properly.
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I'm guessing this is the correct answer.

Is there any way to wire this switch so that it illuminates without 3 wires (hot, load, neutral) coming to the switch?

For instance, can I...

Connect the - Lamp to the neurtral
Connect the incoming power to C1
Connect the Lamp + to NO1

Assuming this is a functional setup, is there any safety concern in doing this?
You do not need a ground connection to the switch, unless you're mounting it in a metal enclosure. I'd strongly encourage you to use something other than Romex for this - it really should be SOJ or similar flexible cable (you know, like the cord on the power strip...). You really only need three conductors to the switch: incoming hot, outgoing hot (load), and neutral for the light. You're really not supposed to use a green conductor for anything other than ground, but it might not be the end of the world if you used it for neutral.

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