Tricking out the JEWEL colors on old-fashioned (toggle) electrical light switches
The switch must have 3 terminals (excluding the green ground screw): raw (unswitched) hot, switched hot, and neutral.
A: With neutral in the switch box. Wire up the pilot light switch normally except put the raw hot on the switched hot switch terminal and the light fixture hot on the raw hot switch terminal. The switch light will be on all of the time.
B: With no neutral in the switch box:
1. You may not dissect the switch and make changes; this will invalidate the Underwriters Labs or other certification and the switch will no longer meet code.
2. The power draw of the pilot light must be small enough so the pilot light works in series with the regular light (light being controlled) and the latter does not flicker.
Connect the neutral and unswitched hot switch terminals together (externally using pigtails) and connect this to the power feed hot.
Note that a switch with a white or clear jewel may not give enough light for use as a night light when fitted with a red jewel.
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Last edited by AllanJ; 08-30-2011 at 01:06 PM.