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Wall Timer w/3 wires

I want to install a Honeywell RPLS730B1000/U timer that Home Depot sells. Problem is I have only 2 wires and a copper ground when I remove my current wall switch. Is there a way to make that timer work in my home?
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Posted 2016-11-21T04:03:32+0000  by HDTVMAN HDTVMAN
 
The short answer, unfortunately, is no.  That particular timer requires a neutral wire to function.  Honeywell does make a timer that doesn't need a neutral wire, it's model #RPLS530A1038/U and Internet #206360374.  The caveat to that you can only use it with an incandescent or halogen bulb.  Those kind of timer let a tiny amount of electricity through the circuit to provide power for the timer itself and will cause CFL and LED bulbs to do weird things like flash.
Posted 2016-11-21T10:29:40+0000  by Adam444
Hello HDTVMAN.  Welcome to the Community!

Your other option is to run a neutral white wire from the light fixture back to your switch box.  This is pretty easy to do if you have a conduit based electrical system.  If you have cables like Romex, then this is best left to an electrician.

Chris.

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Posted 2016-11-23T15:32:34+0000  by Chris_HD_CHI
 
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