Switch with 2 Hot?


Old 12-02-14, 08:59 PM
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Switch with 2 Hot?


We have a 'play' room for the kids in the basement. The switch controlling the lights was mounted about 66in high, and the kids couldn't reach it. I went to move the switch down to a more reasonable height, and ran into something I hadn't seen before... It is a single pole, on/off switch. Two contact screws, plus the ground. There are two romex cables entering the box - both hot (black) wires are connected to the switch, and the neutral (white) wires are wire nutted together. Is this correct? I expected to see a hot and neutral connected to the switch. Is this because there are two cables coming in?

I did move the switch down (used the old box as a junction with a blank plate, and a new box for the switch. I wired it exactly the same - junctioned the two cables, ran it to the new box, and wired it the same. Works...

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Old 12-02-14, 09:21 PM
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Two black wires but not two hot wires.

The one cable was the feed in. Black is hot and white is neutral.
The other cable goes to the light. Black is switched hot to the light and white is neutral.

You connected the two white neutral wires together.
You connected one black wire that was hot..... to one screw terminal on the switch.
You connected the other black wire which went to the light on the second screw terminal.

The switch basically interrupts the hot line to the the light.
Old 12-02-14, 09:48 PM
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The wiring is correct. One black is power in the other is the switched power.
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Got it. Thank you! When I saw the two cables, I thought it may have been that...but wanted to make sure.

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