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Mar 10, 2013, 04:33 PM
Push button as light switch?
Hello, new to this site. I got this old push button switch from work, and I installed it as a light switch. Problem is, when I took the old switch out, there was only one wire(one black, one white)? I thought there were supposed to be two?

Anyway, it works fine, but the ones at work light up when you press them. Looking at the back, it appears you have to wire the light it self for it to work. Can this be done without just bypassing the switch? I was thinking of running two jumpers from were the wires are on the switch, up to the light, but would that make the switch useless?

Any ideas?

Mar 10, 2013, 07:09 PM
Probably going to be more trouble than it's worth.

Sounds like you have a hot and a switch leg inside the switch box. Probably set up as a down and back fro the fixture. Your power is run into the box for the fixture, the hot is split off to run down to the switch and back. All that is perfectly normal.

But, without a neutral line inside the switch box you will not be able to get the lighted part of the switch to work. This requires a full circuit, all you have is an interrupted hot line.

Mar 10, 2013, 07:47 PM
Oh, cool.

Thanks for the reply.
May 08, 2013, 06:59 PM
one possibility... you may control a ton 'o' lights at work with a NEMA motor controller. one button kicks it into "on" position, and one button kicks it into "off" position. they are usually toggled with separate on and off buttons in one device, or potentially a momentary-contact switch device -- up, on, down, off -- which is usually in center position.

that button won't work for you without a $120 to $400 dollar motor controller unit and a lot, a LOT, of rewiring in that case.

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