Simple? Switch->timer W/pics - Electrical - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-22-2011, 01:35 PM   #1
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

simple? switch->timer w/pics

hello all, nice forum thanks to the posters for making it so active

i want to replace the switch to outside porch light with a timer one.. its not a three way, simple single pole
here is the schematic-

problem is the switch in wall is only 2 wires...
the orange line goes into a nut with several other orange ones(live? i killed power and have no idea what im doing!), and the red goes ?? out to porch? sorry about lousy pic the other 3 switches control outside tall porch light, and other foyer lights.

hope there is enough info to go by, i hope you can advise!
similar thread- Wiring GE Smart Digital Timer to 3 way switch.

i was guessing
1. orange-> black
2. red-> red


chented is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2011, 01:56 PM   #2
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Posts: 1,286
Rewards Points: 778

Your missing the neutral but it could be in the switch box. You just have to make sure the neutral is for the hot you are useing. Are all three switches on the same circuit if they are and there is a joint of white wires then that most likely your neutral.


darren is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to darren For This Useful Post:
chented (04-26-2011)
Old 04-22-2011, 04:22 PM   #3
joed's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Welland, Ontario
Posts: 12,604
Rewards Points: 12,000
Blog Entries: 11

The single red wire is the one on the top right of the drawing.
The red wire from the group is the black on the top left of the drawing.
The only problem is you need to find the bottom neutral connection in the drawing. If there is a group of white wires in the box that is the neutral connection for the switch.
joed is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to joed For This Useful Post:
chented (04-26-2011)
Old 04-24-2011, 11:50 AM   #4
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

thanks guys, it didnt work so my lazy ass finally unscrewed the other 3 switches
(buncha orange->black
buncha white-> white
red->red(goes to switch two
green-i just capped off.. )

from left to right- to clarify 1,2 are both outdoor door lights (1- left and right od door) and outdoor ceiling lights(2)- i just want to put (1) on to a timer...
1- timer switch i wanted to replace bunchof orange/ red
2- single switch to seperate outdoor light red from 1 / yellow?
3- indoor ceiling cans all purple wires... did not touch
4- indoor changelie all purple wires... did not touch

hopefully the red going to switch 2 threw me off?
im thinking-
red is the live power now from switch 2-> black from timer -> orange (which is splits to outside lights left right of door)
1c.white from timer -> neutral white existing
1d. ground
2-red live, yellow goes to light?
thanks again

Last edited by chented; 04-24-2011 at 12:09 PM.
chented is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2011, 01:53 PM   #5
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Nashua, NH, USA
Posts: 7,918
Rewards Points: 1,442

Yes (to your bottommost paragraph).

Also you need to connect up ground wires, using short lengths of bare wire and wire nuts as needed. Connect together the green wire, the box itself, green or bare wires accompanying the other wires entering the box, and the metal strips of the other two switches. Optionally you can get special little clips to squeeze between the other two switches and the box where they screw onto the box so no piece of bare wire has to run to those switches.
The good conscientious technician or serviceperson will carry extra oils and lubricants in case the new pump did not come with oil or the oil was accidentally spilled, so the service call can be completed without an extra visit.
AllanJ is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to AllanJ For This Useful Post:
chented (04-26-2011)

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help with simple dimmer switch install nikeman Electrical 10 11-08-2010 11:10 PM
Wiring 2 light fixtures to same switch and add outlet RyanS2000 Electrical 13 10-10-2010 03:17 AM
Ceiling fan switch again ClaytonW Electrical 2 09-02-2010 11:44 AM
Hunter Fan Dual Switch Wiring Configuration Help schierle Electrical 2 03-29-2009 09:00 PM
single gang single pole switch on fan fabian Electrical 14 03-05-2009 02:11 AM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1