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I would like to install a programmable switch to control the lighting in one of my rooms. The switch actually breaks the circuit to the the top half of the outlets in the room. The switch is wired up black/white/ground from a dead-end romex since there is no hot wire leaving to feed a light fixture. The programmable switch has two hots, a neutral, and a ground. Can I nut both of the hots together with the hot wire in the box?
 

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I would like to install a programmable switch to control the lighting in one of my rooms. The switch actually breaks the circuit to the the top half of the outlets in the room. The switch is wired up black/white/ground from a dead-end romex since there is no hot wire leaving to feed a light fixture. The programmable switch has two hots, a neutral, and a ground. Can I nut both of the hots together with the hot wire in the box?
No. The two hots on the switch that you mention are actually a line and a load wire and they each have a specific function. Did you want the programmable switch to control the existing switched outlets or did you want to install a ceiling light?
 
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