lighted switches not lighted.

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Old 11-28-18, 05:45 PM
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lighted switches not lighted.

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I have several lighted decora switches placed in key locations to aid in switch location and keep the walls clean. However, some light and some don't, mostly the three-way switches. I've changed them but they still don't light and I know this sounds strange but it's true.

Is there s trick to wiring three-way lighted switches to get the nightlight feature to work?

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Old 11-28-18, 05:52 PM
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Are these switches new or did the lights in the switches work before.

Most lighted switches either require a neutral connection or draw a very small amount of current through an incandescence light bulb. If you are using CFL or LED blubs this will not work.
 
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Old 11-28-18, 05:57 PM
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Tolyn,
New switches.
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The bathroom has a lighted switch but the light (in the switch) doesn't work - I replaced it and still nothing. It's controlling just a simple bathroom wall light, one incandescent bulb.
The three-ways are doing the same thing, one ceiling light with incandescent bulb and no switch light on either switch..

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Old 11-28-18, 06:19 PM
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Does the switches have a neutral connected to it? Not all white wires are neutrals.

What is the model numbers of the switches?
 
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Welcome to the forums.

Definitely need the part numbers for those switches.
There are two types....... one is a night light type and relies on the load to make it work so when the switch is off...... the light is on. The other type lights up when the light is on like a pilot or on indicator.
 
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Apologies for the long lapse...
The three-way is a Leviton decora No. 5613
 
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Old 12-01-18, 07:03 AM
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That switch is a 3 way. Are you using it as a 3 way or just as a single single pole switch? If you are using it as a single pole switch the lighted part will not work as you want.

Info I found online: "This switch is compatible with incandescent loads only and is not recommended for use with LED or CFL lamps."

This means that it draws current through the incandescent lamp to power the light on the switch.
 
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Tolyn,
Yes, it's a three-way and that's how it's being used.

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I have the same three way switch in my upstairs hall. It does rely on the type of bulb. Have you tried running it with an incandescent bulb ?
 
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pjmax,
that's what I'm using.
 
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Old 12-01-18, 09:01 PM
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I'd have to say bad switches. The idea is simple and I can't see what could cause a problem.

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