How Can I Have a Light Switch that Has a Light In the Switch?
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 New York.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Ted.
How to Wire a New Circuit a Occupancy Switch
Application: Wiring a New Lighted Wall Switch.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. This electrical project is best performed by a Licensed 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 New York. A permit and inspections may also be required.
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 3Way 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 Pilot Light may be just the answer you are looking for.
- NOTE: Additional wiring may be required for the specific switch that you wish to install
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 or Pilot Light for other applications be sure the voltage and amperage of the switch match the electrical specifications of the equipment.
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