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Old 08-22-2011, 10:45 PM   #1
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What is this light switch called?


Need a keyword so I can search how to wire it. Assume there's something in there that acts like a pigtail to connect two separate switches, but maybe I'm wrong. Do they still make these?

http://www.electrical-picture.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/4/14/how-to-wire-double-light-switchin.jpg

(I'm rewiring a circuit in my house from K&T.)
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:54 PM   #2
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twin single pole toggle, I will find a link.

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Could also be a 3 way combo.

http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/ibeCC...minisite=10021

2 screws both sides, not including the green one?
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2 screws both sides, not including the green one?
Yes. It connects to two separate lights, both on the end of a circuit.
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Lowe's has both the Decorator style of that switch, and the paddle toggle. Both are Cooper Switches. Btw, they are called "Combination switches."

http://www.lowes.com/pd_70590-334-27...ring%20Devices

http://www.lowes.com/pd_7732-334-772...ices|Decorator
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Just to be safe, was the tab between the screws on the left screws intact?

1 black wire in and 2 black wires out or what? On the switch.
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Lowe's has both the Decorator style of that switch, and the paddle toggle. Both are Cooper Switches. Btw, they are called "Combination switches."

http://www.lowes.com/pd_70590-334-271W-SP-L_4294821867+4294965330_19_?productId=1098261&Ns=p _product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_qty_sales_do llar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Cooper%2BWiring%2BDev ices_4294821867%2B4294965330_19_%3FNs%3Dp_product_ prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&fa cetInfo=Cooper%20Wiring%20Devices

http://www.lowes.com/pd_7732-334-7728W-SP_4294821867+4294965330+4294963834_19_?productId= 3430080&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_ qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Decorator _4294821867%2B4294965330%2B4294963834_19_%3FNs%3Dp _product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_qty_sales_do llar|1&facetInfo=Cooper%20Wiring%20Devices|Decorat or
Combo, twin.... I get old and forget terms,,,,My bad.

Including how to type.
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That called combo switch it will come in either rocker or toggle verison and diffrent colours as well.

Just watch out they will come both single pole verison or one single pole and one three way or two three way verison.

However just give you a head up if you go with combo switch make sure you get a deep well single gang box due the numbers of wires will fill it up fast.
Otherwise a 4X4 box with single gang mud ring will work just perfect on this purpose { there are few depth verison of mudring so if you have 1/2 inch drywall then get 7/16 or half inch mudring they will have it in stock in most big box store and hardware store }

IIRC they were about 10 Euros or so { the last time I have to get one with polit light so it was 15 Euros so expect in that price range }

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Just to be safe, was the tab between the screws on the left screws intact?

1 black wire in and 2 black wires out or what? On the switch.
Yes, I think it's intact, if you mean the A shaped copper tab in the middle:



Thanks to the keyword combo, I was able to Google it and found what I wanted. And yes, there were 2 black wires on one side and 1 on the other, but I forgot to write down which side before I took it out. Now I know to look for the +LINE+ on the side.



Sorry for asking silly questions. You guys are great!
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frenchelectrician, I'm going to use the same switch if possible. It's fairly new. See the little white tabs on the screws? They didn't used to do that. Thank you.
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That will be fine to use that exsting switch.

As you noted redish brass screw that is for incomming power { black wire } while at the second photo where you have bright brass colour screw that is outgoing to light or fan.

Tie all the netural conductor { white wire } with either yellow or red wirenut depending on the conductor size.

Ditto with grounding { bare copper wire } as I highlighted with netural but one more step you will have to bring one bare copper wire to sliver screw on the photo.

then you are all set to go.

If any more question just holler one of us will help you on this one.

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I could not even remember the specific of what they are called, until I did a search through lowes.com.
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The A shaped copper tab between the two reddish screws is to allow the convenience of one hot wire feeding both switches and lights.

If by chance that tab got broken off by accident then you would need two hot wires (cut two short lengths aka pigtails, wire nut them to the single hot wire, and now you have two hot wire ends for the two reddish screws). The A shaped tab would be intentionally bent and broken off if the two switches and lights will be fed by different circuits each with its own hot wire.

The bent up metal edges near but not right next to the light gold screws serve no purpose.

The white cardboard tabs on the mounting screws keep the screws from getting lost prior to mounting. YOu would remove them only if you have a metal box and use a special grounding clip (sold separately) to permit just one ground wire for both switch and box
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OK, one more question....

If I wanted to extend this circuit to include, say, an always-on-receptacle down the line, could I just attach the hot wire going to the receptacle to the other terminal on the +LINE+ side of the switch (as long as the tab is not broken), or do I have to make a separate pigtail?

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OK, one more question....

If I wanted to extend this circuit to include, say, an always-on-receptacle down the line, could I just attach the hot wire going to the receptacle to the other terminal on the +LINE+ side of the switch (as long as the tab is not broken), or do I have to make a separate pigtail?
You could, but pigtail is more standard.

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