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Old 04-08-2006, 03:08 PM   #1
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Hi all , I'll be as concise as possible. I installed 2 new sets of recessed cans and replaced the old 2 gang box with a 4 gang box. It now contains 2 existing switches and 2 new switches. I connected all ground wires and all neutral white wires. I then connected the hot lead wire to 1 traveller and 4 pigtails to energize my switches. Is this correct ? I used cheap single pole switches for test purposes and plan to change them to dimmers after I am all wired up. I did not want to keep burnig out the dimmers. My second question is , when I flip the switches I sometimes hear the release of power to the lights , no sparks or anything , it just sounds like a little zap. Is this normal for cheap switches ? Any help would be appreciated. So much for being concise , sorry:p

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I connected all ground wires
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and all neutral white wires.
ONLY if there is just the one circuit in the box. Neutrals are NOT always connected in bulk like grounds are.


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I then connected the hot lead wire to 1 traveller and 4 pigtails to energize my switches. Is this correct ?
I have no idea what you mean by "traveler". You never connect power to a traveler, or anything to a traveler for that matter. Travelers are the two wires between 3-way and/or 4-way switches.



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My second question is , when I flip the switches I sometimes hear the release of power to the lights , no sparks or anything , it just sounds like a little zap. Is this normal for cheap switches ?
"release of power", there's one I've never heard before. Do you mean you have an arc or slight sizzle. If this is all then yes, it is normal for switches under load.

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Thanks for your reply , as for the neutrals from the lights , should I connect them to the proper switches as opposed to connecting them all together ? The wire that I called a traveller is the the one that continues on to the next circuit , sorry for the confusion. Guess I just need to clear up my neutral wire situation any help would be appreciated . Thank You
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If there is only the one circuit feeding into the box then you can connect all the neutrals together.
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Yes , there is only one , thanks for your help Speedy !!!
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