This article is continued from Part 1.
I’m ready to begin wiring in the ToggleLinc for the porch lights and reconnect the 2nd light switch for the interior light in the double gang box.
Ground Wire Connections
I begin by making the grounding wire connections:
- The NM 14/2 ground wires from the house wiring are twisted together with a 6 inch pigtail for the 2nd light switch.
- The ToggleLinc braided ground wire is added to the bundle.
The ground wires are held securely with a wire nut. Notice the ground wire pigtail to the right – this is for the 2nd light switch.
Rewiring the 2nd Light Switch
The 2nd light switch is rewired correctly. What you see here is:
- A pigtail is made from a 6 inch length of black wire and twisted to the black line wire. A wire nut will be added in the following steps.
- The black wire pigtail is back wired to the standard light switch.
- The black load wire (to the lights) is back wired to the light switch.
- The ground wire pigtail is attached to the green ground screw of the light switch.
ToggleLinc Line Wire
In the next photo, the black “Line” wire from the ToggleLinc is nutted to black line wire from the house. Note that the 2nd light switch is powered by black wire pigtail. This is the correct way to wire the switches.
ToggleLinc Load (Red) and White (Neutral) Wires
The white (neutral) wire from the ToggleLinc is wire nutted to the NM 14/2 wire bundle from the house wiring. The red (load) wire from the ToggleLinc is nutted to the black load wire going to the porch lights. All wiring connections are now complete.
Folding Wires and Installing the Light Switches
The standard light switch for the interior lights doesn’t take up much room inside the electrical box, so it is screwed in first. The wires are gently pressed and folded into the electrical box.
The remaining wires are pressed and folded into the box to make room the ToggleLinc switch.
The ToggleLinc is mounted by two screws like a standard light switch.
The switch plate cover is reattached with four screws. The circuit breaker is turned on and the switches are checked for proper operation of the lights. The LED is illuminated when the switch is OFF. Notice how the ToggleLinc switch sits in the center position. It toggles, or clicks like a mouse momentarily when the switch is thrown, returning the center position.
For my home automation project, I will use the ISY-99i home automation controller to integrate an Insteon wireless Motion Sensor to control the outside porch lights with some nifty user friendly features.
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