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Neonimous 01-02-2009 01:37 PM

Simple Electrical Lighting Problem
 
I'm simply trying to put in a new light switch, a regular toggle switch. The previous light switch was a dimmer, but I know that before the dimmer there was a regular toggle switch on the outlet. Now I can't figure out what to do with all the wiring. I have a single red wire that was capped to a black wire coming out of the dimmer, two black wires that were twisted together and capped to another black wire that was also coming out of the dimmer, two gounds that are twisted together, and a white wire that wasn't connected to anything but just capped off.

The simple toggle switch I bought has two brass screws, a black screw, and a green ground screw.

I guess I just need to know where to connect everything. Can anyone help?

TazinCR 01-02-2009 01:38 PM

Does it have a 3 way hook up?

Neonimous 01-02-2009 01:42 PM

Sorry, I dont know what that means.

220/221 01-02-2009 01:46 PM

Red wire to one terminal

Install a pigtail from the two blacks and attach it to the other terminal.


The two blacks are power (in and out of the box).

The red is the switch leg (sending power to the light)


If you don't have a small piece of wire for a pigtail, plug one wire into the back of the switch and wrap the other around the appropriate screw terminal.


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