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Old 06-20-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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How to wire a switch with a pilot light


Hello we are trying to replace our current switch that has a pilot light with a new one.

We have 1 -Black, 1 - White, 1- Red, and 1 - Green wire to work with. When we connect the Leviton 5226 switch we connected the black to A1, white to B1, red to common, and green to ground. The pilot light stays on all the time, we tried to switch the white and black and same results. We also swapped the red and the black, and then the red and white, one worked the light and the pilot light stayed on and one gave us nothing at all.

We also tried a 3 way switch with a pilot light and had all the same results.

I saw it said about needing a neutral however we don't have that and also the old switch seems to not need that. I looked at the old switch to see what brand and model it was and could find no markings that would indicate that.

Please help!!!

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Old 06-20-2013, 09:37 PM   #2
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First....you need to stop blindly switching wires around.

Where are you? If in the US, the white is very likely neutral. Black AND red sounds like you have (and hence, need) a 3 way switch instead of a SP switch.

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Thank you for your post. We tried the three way switch and it still didn't work? Any advice. Yes I am in the US
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OK....

Is that the only wires in the box at all??

If not , what else is there? Colors and quantities...note any that are connected together.

Any re-identified wires?....I.E. - a white wire that has black or red tape wrapped around it....or black/red ink (like from a sharpie marker) on it.

Pictures would be even better.
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Sorry can't provide a picture. There are only the 4 wires I described originally and none are grouped or have any additional markings.
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Generally:


Specifically: Leviton's Instructions
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Thanks sixspeed however I have looked at that diagram and don't have the neutral wire and have no idea how to make one we have no extra wires
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What kind of switch are you replacing?

You'll need to identify what each of the conductors in the box is for.

The circuit neutral is required at the switch location for the pilot light of the switch to work.
Because the pilot light is basically another light (load) the switch controls.
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We are replacing an existing pilot light switch...cannot find any identifying marks of model or brand
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I believe your red conductor is the switched load line (that goes to the lamp), black = always hot line, and white = neutral. I'm guessing.
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So red would go to A1 and black to common
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Yes, if my guess is correct...
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Here is the correct wiring diagram:
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That's what we did...so are you saying its right and we just need to break the fin to make it work???

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