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Old 03-25-2011, 04:41 PM   #1
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Installing a utilitech self adjusting wall timer.


I have a utilitech self adjusting in wall timer i want to add to my house. (new construction) there are 10 can lights it operates outside (currently on a dimmer switch).
the switch i want to replace has green (ground), and 2 blacks going in to it. I can only assume one of the blacks is run from a white lead, ill just have to dig to find out.
but my main question revolves around the red wire. The red wire coming off the NEW switch is a mystery to me. There are no red wires in my existing switch box, what are my options?
I appreciate all the help you folks offer us DIYers.
Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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Old 03-25-2011, 05:19 PM   #2
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The two black wires in your switch box is a feed and a switch leg. There should be two whites spliced together in the box also. As for your timer I would check the instructions on the red wire usually the red is capped, some timers there is a blue wire that is usually capped off. Check your instructions cuz' they never fail.

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there are 2 other switches (switching other lights in the area), so yeah there are whites in there somewhere.
the directions however just say "Connect red timer wire to wire from fixture using wire connector"
i appreciate your help so far.
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Ok so then your red wire is going to your switch leg(black wire going to your outside lights). You need to figure out which black wire is the switch leg, do you have a voltage tester available?
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i think i have one around here somewhere yeah.
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Ok when you apart the old switch, test each black wire to ground. When the tester lights up then you know you have your feed wire, therefore the other black is your switch leg.

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