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  1. #1
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    Default Different light switch

    In the picture, the switch on the left controlled the exterior lights on either side of the front door. I hadn't seen a switch like this before and it was really difficult to operate. Anybody know what it's called, or if it does anything special? This is a residential house built in 1971. I recommended having the switch replaced since it was difficult to operate.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Different light switch

    it's for an X-10 system, the switch can be operated by a remote control plugged into an outlet in the house.
    Here's more information than you ever wanted;
    X10 (industry standard) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    Default Re: Different light switch

    Agreed, X-10 switch.


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    Default Re: Different light switch

    Thanks guys.

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    Default Re: Different light switch

    Jon,
    Was the switch difficult to operate (defective mechanism) or did you have a problem because you were not familiar with how it operated ?


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    Default Re: Different light switch

    It was difficult to operate. I kind of had to push the button in and down a little. Are those switches normally easy to operate, or is there a trick?

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    Default Re: Different light switch

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Errickson View Post
    It was difficult to operate. I kind of had to push the button in and down a little. Are those switches normally easy to operate, or is there a trick?
    The top part is a push switch and the bottom is a rocker/dimmer, works to create three way where wiring is not available, and to control with all on or all off command.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Errickson View Post
    It was difficult to operate. I kind of had to push the button in and down a little. Are those switches normally easy to operate, or is there a trick?
    The top part is a push switch and the bottom is a rocker/dimmer, works to create three way where wiring is not available, and to control with all on or all off command.


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