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I just purchased a GE wall timer to install at my Mothers house. The plan here is for the timer (which is located inside the enclosed garage) to turn on/off the outdoor lights thereby increasing her comfort in the home at night. I removed the old switch only to find I had three wires - two white (one of which I know is the hot wire) and a ground breaker. The timer, however has four wires - red/black/white/green. I'm ok with the placement of the red/black and green wires but the white wire has me stumped. Can you offer any help?:whistling2:
 

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I pulled the box completely out of the drywall and there are no other wires. I connected the red wire (Load) and the black wire the connected the white neutral wire to the grounded copper wire just to see what would g
Happen and the lights turned on. But I was afraid to leave the connection like that because I don't want to do the " wrong" thing even if it seems to be right
 

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I pulled the box completely out of the drywall and there are no other wires. I connected the red wire (Load) and the black wire the connected the white neutral wire to the grounded copper wire just to see what would g
Happen and the lights turned on. But I was afraid to leave the connection like that because I don't want to do the " wrong" thing even if it seems to be right
Well DONT do it!!!! go get another timer that doesn't need a neutral.
 

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Thanks! I'm going to do just that.

Just a side note: I ended up checking the wall switch that turns on the flood lights in Mothers backyard and surprisingly, it had 2 black wires the ground wire AND two white wires (which where bound together and not in use). I installed the timer adding its white neutral wire to the two white wires in the box and the timer worked! :thumbup:

I'm going to check Lowes and Ace for a timer without the neutral wire for the first switch that prompted my initial post!
 
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