Replace a Light Switch with a Programmable Switch
Emily in Texas asks: We are trying to replace our front porch light switch with a Honeywell programmable wall switch, model RPLS540A. We have a ground wire attached to the current light switch with a screw.
Programmable Light Switch
Electrical Question: Replacing a light switch with a programmable switch, how is the ground wires connected?
We are trying to replace our front porch light switch with a Honeywell programmable wall switch, model RPLS540A. We have a ground wire attached to the current light switch with a screw. The new switch has a ground wire coming from it that the instructions say to attach to the box (but the box isn’t metal). So we don’t know what to do with the 2 ground wires.
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How to Wire a Programmable Light Switch
Application: Wiring a Programmable 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 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 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 Austin , Texas. A permit and inspections may also be required.
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Ground Wires for a Programmable Light Switch
This electrical wiring project is about wiring a Programmable Switch for the Front Porch Light of a New Home.
Wiring the Programmable Switch
Reviewing the Electrical Question:
- We are trying to replace our front porch light switch with a Honeywell programmable wall switch, model RPLS540A. We have a ground wire attached to the current light switch with a screw.
- Emily, from the information you have provided, take the ground wire that was attached to the previous switch and attach it to the ground wire of the new programmable wall switch.
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