1 Reply Latest reply: Mar 14, 2013 10:26 AM by Rob Ramirez RSS

Combination Two Switches

Newbie

I want to replace a single switch with a dual switch.  I purchased a leviton 5224 but when I looked at the instructions it stated that it could not be used to replace a switch with only two black wires present.Is there a different switch I can buy or do I call an electrician? 

  • Combination Two Switches
    Wayfarer

    A dual switch requires at least 3 wires,

    1st wire brings electricity from the service panel to the switch

    2nd wire carries electricity from the switch (1st button/toggle) to the light/fan etc that you wish to control

    3rd wire carries electricity from the switch (2nd button/toggle) to the light/fan etc that you wish to control with the second button/toggle (essentially the reason for getting a "stacked" switch).