new switch, lighty now always on


Old 02-20-10, 10:19 AM
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new switch, lighty now always on

After replacing a 2-toggle light switch in the bathroom, one of the lights is always on no matter if the switch is on or off. The other light works normally.

Not being an expert electrician by any means, I was careful in attaching the wires, doing one at a time -- taking it off the old one, attaching it in the same position on the new one, until all four were attached. The ground was just a piece of bare copper wire scraping against the inside of the switch box, and that was attached in the same fashion, too.

Any ideas why the light would always be on? Do you need any more information? The new switch is a Pass & Seymour 690 series.
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Old 02-20-10, 10:37 AM
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Sounds like you transposed the incoming hot wire with one of the other wires. With 4 wires I would assume that you had power in, power out, switched power out #1 and switched power out #2.
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pass and seymor 690

pc boss is on the money
you got a switch leg tied to the hot and thus it always on

i see the 690 is a double stack switch
those have 1 sets of jumpers
on hot ( line ) side

one side is you hot side ( not sure if it has a black screw )
the other side will be your switch side
the switch side should NOT have the jumper broken off for it to work
the 4 wires are probably are

one hot in
one hot out

and 2 switch legs

the hots go one on side of the switch, the jumper should be intact

the switch legs on the other side

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