How Can I Have a Light Switch that Has a Light In the Switch?
Ted in New York asks: I have a ceiling light in my bathroom with two 3way switches. I want to add some sort of a light Or lighted switch that would be on when the bathroom light is on, how can I wire this?
Lighted Light Switch
Electrical Question: I want to add a light or lighted switch that would be on when the bathroom light is on?
I have a ceiling light in my bathroom with two 3way switches. I want to add some sort of a light or lighted switch that would be on when the bathroom light is on, how can I wire this?
This electrical wiring question came from Ted, a Handyman in Moriah, New York.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Ted.
How to Wire a New Circuit a Occupancy Switch
Application: Wire a New Lighted Light Switch.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the Occupancy Switch, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the Occupancy Switch should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in Moriah, New York. A permit and inspections may also be required.
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Wire a Lighted Switch or Indicator Light in a Bathroom
This electrical wiring project is about Wiring a Lighted Switch in the Bathroom of a Very Old Home.
Installing a Lighted Switch
Hi Ted, Great Question!
- Most all lighted switches only light up when the switch is off so that the switch is easy to locate when it is dark.
- However a Combination Switch with a Neon Pilot Light may be just the answer you are looking for you.
Other Applications for a Lighted Switch
- This type of switch is also very good to install for equipment such as a Air Compressor, or other equipment that you would like to be reminded about that you would like to turned off when not being used.
- IMPORTANT: When selecting a Lighted Switch for other applications be sure the voltage and amperage of the switch match the electrical specifications of the equipment.
This switch for example, should work nicely for you:
Leviton 5226-W 15 Amp, 120 Volt, Duplex Style Single-Pole, Neon Pilot AC Combination Switch
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Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
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