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Old 08-22-2012, 09:23 PM   #1
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I'm trying to install a new switch timer but my old switch has 4 wires and the new timer switch has 3. I've included pictures of both. What wires go where?

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Old 08-22-2012, 09:28 PM   #2
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You do not have a neutral at your switch. You cannot install the new switch without rewiring.

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Oh dang, is that something difficult for an electrician to do or expensive?
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All depends on the conditions on site that need to be dealt with.

Can you find the same switch that does not need a neutral?
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Ok thanks so much for your help Jim. I will call an electrician to come take a look at it. I also did find a similar switch Honeywell RPLS540A but it says it doesn't work with CFL bulbs but this is for the lights on the front of my house and there are like 5 lights so from what I've read it still might work with CFLs since there are more than 1 of them.

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Ok so rather than calling an electrician would this RPLS540A switch work with my current wiring? If so what installation would I follow in the manual:
http://customer.honeywell.com/techli...69-2454EFS.pdf
They list 3 different types of installs.
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Lets back up one step. I forgot to ask if there were any other wires in the switch box. I was just going off the ones connected to the switch.

That is a three way switch. Pay attention to the wire connected to the black screw.
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new switch is single pole old switch is a three-way. Might be easier for you to find a switch for the application you want that doesn't require a neutral.

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