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Old 12-22-2010, 03:24 PM   #1
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Wiring an electrical timer


Hi, just bought a GE Timer #15086 has red, white, green, black wires. Wall has white, black & black wires and switch sits between 3 other light switches.
(I am replacing the current timer which only has 3 wires and matches white to white, black to blue & black to black).
How do I wire this?
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Hi, just bought a GE Timer #15086 has red, white, green, black wires. Wall has white, black & black wires and switch sits between 3 other light switches.
(I am replacing the current timer which only has 3 wires and matches white to white, black to blue & black to black).
How do I wire this?
Thanks

Your new switch wires as follows:
  • Black lead connects to the hot wire coming from your breaker box.
  • Red Lead connects to the hot wire going to the light fixture.
  • White lead is pigtailed to the neutral wire coming from your breaker box and the neutral wire going to the light fixture.
  • Green lead is connected to ground.
It sounds like your old switch did not have a ground wire, and the blue wire connected to the load (same as the red wire on your new switch).

Do you have a ground wire in that junction box?

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Can you please answer this in colors to colors rather than "hot wire." Regarding the current set up it is what I described by color.
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Can you please answer this in colors to colors rather than "hot wire." Regarding the current set up it is what I described by color.
The problem here is that you cannot assume that a wire is hot or not just by its color. Typical speaking, black is hot, white is neutral, and green or bare wire is ground. However, it is permissible to repurpose wires in certain situations (like switch loops) so that a white wire is actually hot. In these instances, the wire should be flagged with black tape to indicate that it is hot, but I would not bet my life (quite literally) on it.

Your best bet is to use a non-contact volt meter to determine which wires are which. Even in the most straightforward wiring situation, you are going to determine which one of the two existing black wires in your box are hot to the panel.
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