The Many Uses for Pilot Light Switches
How to Install a Pilot Light Switch to be used for Several Applications
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Electrical Question: I am trying to replace a standard light switch with one that has a light on it that will be on when the light’s are on. The problem I am having is when the lights are off the indicator light is on. I am not sure if the fact that it is the garage lights I am trying to hook the switch into is operated by two switches, has any effect on it our not. I can get the switch to work correctly but I don’t have power to the light’s then.
This electrical question came from: Gary, a Homeowner from Buffalo, MN.
Thanks for your electrical question Gary.
Installing a Pilot Light Switch for Several Applications
Wiring a Pilot Light Switch
- Gary, it sounds like you have installed a lighted switch which has the feature of illuminating when the light is off so that it may be easier to find when it is dark. This is like a night-light feature.
- What may work best for you is to install a switch that has a pilot light feature which will do just as you are describing where the light is on when the switch is on.
Pilot Light Switch Applications
- I have one of these pilot light switches wired to control my air compressor which is located in another location. This way I have the ability to turn off the power to the air compressor when I am away for an extended period of time.
- These pilot light switches are also installed to control walk-in refrigerators and freezers. The pilot light switches are a great way to know if the power is on to a device that is not visible.
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