The majority of us are frightened to try many DIY tasks when they’ve anything related to the electrical devices inside our homes. Certainly electrical power can be harmful, so it’s always a good idea to leave these jobs to the experts when you are not sure. However, for anyone who are daring enough to try these tasks, there are some simple jobs that can be carried out safely if you’ve got the right instruction.

The video above demonstrates the best way you can change a light switch at your residence, as well as providing basic instructions about how the different kinds of light switches function.

Before trying to change your light switches at home, it is helpful to possess a bit of knowledge on the different alternatives that you have and the way they work, so as to be sure to choose the right type for your requirements. The three fundamental parts of information that you should know prior to buying your light switch are:

  1. How many switches inside the room can handle that equipment?
  2. What kind of equipment or home appliances does the light switch regulate (would it be a simple light, or a light accompanied by a fan)?
  3. Do you need a dimmer switch or a standard light switch?

When you have the above mentioned details available, you may visit your local shop to make the purchase.

First thing you must do, when working on any electrical project in your home is to TURN OFF THE POWER at the main service panel. You don’t need to switch off the electricity to the entire house, but you do need to identify which switch supplies the appliance that you are working on with power and switch that off.  An additional safety measure you can carry out is to use a circuit tester (after taking out the switch panel) to make sure that the power has certainly been cut off BEFORE you begin unscrewing and holding any wires.

Rather than trying to explain here in writing how to wire up the different types of switches, it would be better for you to watch the video above.

Pro-Tip: Rather than taking out the old switch completely, and then inserting the new switch, you can simply remove one wire at a time from the old switch, while placing it into the new switch, before moving onto the next wire.

When you are undertaking any type of electrical project at home, always consider basic safety, comply with your local codes, and in case you have any question…always call your local licensed electrician.

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