Electrical Wiring in the Home/Electric circuit question
Expert: PASCACK VALLEY ELECTRIC Bob Mossman - 3/26/2014
Question I have 3 simple circuits at my house for outside lights (front, side and rear)> Each circuit is controlled by a single pole switch. Can I install a 'master' single pole switch (say, in my bedroom) which would turn on all the lights at once (bypassing the existing switches) by wiring the master to each of the outside lights? Would this cause any electrical circuit issues? Would there be any problems if both the master switch and the existing switches were both turned on at the same time?
This could be approached a few different ways as far as "hard wiring" goes and none of them are simple or easy for a home owner to do. You might want to consider using the "X10" system which uses the existing wiring in the home so no additional wiring is needed. The signals to each X10 device which can be a receptacle, or a switch is sent over the existing wiring from a small central control console that can control and over ride all devices or allow each one to do its own thing. You can still turn switches on or off manually as you need them or let the system do it for you. Its a great system when it works. I say that because you can run into communication problems depending upon how the existing wiring in the house lets the devices communicate with each other. You can install them on your own and it will do what you want it to do and even more like turning outside lights on and off at preset times. Give it a shot and maybe it will work in your situation. If not send them back for a refund. There's plenty of info on the internet about it just type in "X10". It also goes under "smart home" devices as well I believe.
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Thanks, Bob. I appreciate the information and will look into it.
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