How you can: Change A Light Switch
There are plenty of reasons to alter out a lightswitch, from aesthetics to function, and it is a superb general skill to have if, well, you reside in a home with light switches. The smartest thing is it’s surprisingly easy to do, even for somebody with little (or no) electrical experience, and may be done in less than 10 minutes. Click below the jump to see our photo-illustrated how-to.
These directions are for a single switch that controls one or a set of lights. If you’re working with a three-way switch (where two switches control the identical light) these will not apply.
Tools needed: Screwdriver, new light switch
The 1st step: Turn off the breaker or fuse to the switch in question. If you’re undecided which breaker controls the switch, turn off the primary to be safe.
Step Two: Remove the plate cover
Step Three: Unscrew the switch from the box.
Step Four: Pull out the switch and assess the situation. It should have two coated wires coming from it. In case your switch is grounded, it could have a 3rd wire, this ground wire is usually an uncoated copper wire.
Step Five: Remove the old switch from the wires. Depending on the type of switch the wires will likely be connected differently. Listen to how they’re connected as you may most probably want to connect the new wires the identical way.
Step Six: In case you have a ground wire, connect it to the brand new switch – it connects to the green screw at the bottom of the switch
Step Seven: Connect the wires to the switch. In a standard one way switch, the order of the wires doesn’t matter. The wires will either connect by being pushed into two holes within the back of the switch, or being side mounted to the copper screws on the side of the switch. Be certain the connection is solid.
Step Eight: Screw the brand new switch into the box. If you are in an older house, the electrical box could also be made of out metal. If this is the case, be very careful that no exposed wires (with the exception of the ground) are touching the metal box. Ensure it’s right way up – when it is flipped down it’ll say “OFF” if it’s the fitting way or “NO” if it’s the wrong way up.
Step Nine: Put the plate cover on
Step Ten: Turn the power back on and test your new switch. If it doesn’t work, chances are you didn’t make a superb reference to one of the wires, go back to Step one and start again.