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Old 01-27-2010, 04:15 AM   #1
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Putting a lighted switch in a non-grounded box

Is it possible (and/or safe!) to put a lighted switch into a box that doesn't have a ground wire (i.e. a switch loop with just the hot from the panel and the hot to the light in the box)?

AFAIK this is a switch that lights all the time - even when the light is off. Although, it has only two brass (hot) screws and a green ground screw (which I can't connect as I said)...

If it IS safe to do this, will the light in the switch work?



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yes it will work


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Old 01-27-2010, 07:26 AM   #3
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Check to see if the switch needs a neutral. Some do.
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Old 01-27-2010, 12:26 PM   #4
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A switch that lights up only in the "off" position will work where any regular switch was installed.

(There are some idiosyncrasies if the load being controlled is of very low wattage for example is a compact fluorescent.)

A switch that lights up in the "on" position requires a neutral or may be using the ground which in today's world is improper. If it lights all the time, it will light up only in the "on" position if you exchange the wires on the switch terminals.
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