Type of Toggle Wall Switch needed?

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Posted by: from Salem
4/28/2012 at 1:48:13 PM

I have a double switch box in a Bathroom, where one switch controls the exhaust fan and the other controls the light. Either switch can be turned on or off as an individual control to the connected fixture, without affecting the other fixtures use.

The light switch has worn out and needs replacing. It appears that the light switch has a "hot bypass" (?) that allows power to the fan switch even when the light switch is in the off position. There is a short "jumper" (?) wire between the two switches.

Both switches are connected on the back with the bare ends of the wires inserted into holes and the side screws tightened to hold the wires in place. The wiring is not long enough to permit forming a hook for side connections.

What would be the technical description of this type of switch? If a specific Hubbell part number is given. The existing switch was manufactured by Hubbell. The original switch has been in use for nearly 40 years.

I have checked several local Hardware Stores and can not find this type of switch. I will need to go to an Electrical Supply Store or order on-line, but I would like to know what to ask for.

Thanks for any information that can be given.

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Date/Time10/29/2013 at 1:37:43 PM

You do not need a special switch, just get 2 single pole switches and you can wire them the same way. Real easy task to perform.

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