Is there any SAFE way to install a switch like the Leviton Decora
5618-2 or 5628-2 that illuminates when ON without needing a neutral
wire attached to the pilot light?
I have a switch in my garage that controls the outside lights, and my
wife is continually forgetting to turn it off when she comes home after
dark ... maybe a lighted switch would help her remember!
i had this trouble with a pole lamp.
Tried motion sensors, ahh poor operation:(
Finally put pole on a timer with light sensor.
it powers on at 8am, and off at mid nite.
any dark periods in between the lap is on.
you might also consider a key fob lamp. like a garage door remote it
turns lights on when ypu push button and off after a length of time you
adjust. sometimes built in garage door openers the light control can go
where you want.
a neighbor has one he drives up and his home is instantly illuminated
Assuming you want to leave the light on for her (instead of motion
detectors), you have a few options.
First, as mentioned, put in a timer so the lights go off at a certain
Second, use a timer like in a hotel bathroom so when you turn them on,
you turn it on for a certain amount of time, say 2 hours.
Thirdly, plug a radio in on the same circuit and put in on an annoying
station so the only way she can turn it off is to turn off the switch.
Finally, if that's her biggest flaw, consider yourself lucky and pay
the electric bill without grumbling.
No. And using a ground wire/grounded box isn't a good/safe/up-to-code
You can get a "lights up when off" switch that doesn't use a neutral (it
uses a trickle current across the filament of the light bulbs to get to the
In addition to the timer solutions mentioned, you could use X-10. Replace
switch with an X-10 swtich. Then have a second controller send an X-10 OFF
event on that address every night at whenever the light should be off by.
You don't need to ever have it come on automatically if you don't want, just
off (if the light is already off when the OFF command comes, the command is
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