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Trying to install a programmable light switch. Switch says

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it requires a Line, Load...
Trying to install a programmable light switch. Switch says it requires a Line, Load, Neutral, and a Ground. I only have a black hot wire, and white neutral wire, and a copper bare ground wire.
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Hi, I'm Mike G and I'll be assisting you. The wire colors suggest you have what is required unless the white wire was used as a hot wire at a single pole switch. The way to determine that is if the white was attached to the switch, it isn't a neutral

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