How to Hook Up A Toggle Switch

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A toggle switch is a switch with two positions. In one position, it connects electrical power to a device. In the other position, the ability to the device is disconnected. The toggle switch has a tab or small lever that can be raised or lowered to put the toggle switch in its two positions. This connects and disconnects the contact points within the toggle switch. An example of a toggle switch is a light switch. It connects power to a light bulb and disconnects it depending on the position of the switch. In case you have a toggle switch and must hook it up, all you need are a couple of simple items.

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Things You’ll Need
Screwdriver
Wire strippers
Needle nose pliers
Soldering iron
Lead-free solder

Remove all power from the device by which you’re going to hook up your toggle switch. The best way is to unplug the device. If its power is hard-wired in, you will need to show off the circuit breaker.

Gain access to the toggle switch once power is removed by removing the housing on which the toggle switch is installed. Housings are usually secured with housing screws, so simply unscrew the housing and pull it away.

Take the wire with the facility coming into the housing, usually the black wire, and use wire strippers to strip a small length of insulation from the tip, enough to wrap the exposed wire around a terminal. Wrap the wire around the middle terminal on the toggle switch through the use of needle nose pliers.

Strip a short length of insulation from the wire that goes to the device the toggle switch is designed to activate. Wrap the metal end of the wire around the upper terminal on the toggle switch.

Turn on the soldering iron. Solder the 2 wires at the two toggle switch terminals. For each terminal, touch it with the recent tip of a soldering iron while at the same time applying a brief length of lead-free solder to the terminal. Once the solder melts, remove the rest of the length of the solder and the soldering iron.

Turn off the soldering iron. Return the housing to its original position and secure it with the screws you removed. Return power to the device by plugging it back in or turning on the circuit breaker. The toggle switch will now turn the device on or off.

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