Electric switches are a very basic but essential part of electrical wiring in a household. Many people find electricity scary and intimidating to work with due to its risk.
For that reason, most people prefer to go to electricians to help them with their electrical problems.
Installing and replacing electric switches can seem intimidating, but it is not that complicated and hard to do. An electrician can help you with it, but if you feel up for it, you can do it yourself too.
We will show you how to replace your electric switches without any outside help, specifically, 2-way switches.
Your number one priority whenever you work with electricity should be your safety. electricity can be dangerous, and you can never be too careful when working with it.
Whenever you want to replace something or install something with a circuit, it’s always best to close the electricity supply beforehand.
After closing the electricity supply, you can make sure that it is off using a voltmeter. For switches, after turning off the electricity supply, there isn’t a lot more risk involved.
Another thing to make sure of is to have the appropriate tools and equipment. This includes buying the right electric switches, disconnectors, and any other relevant item associated with that.
It would be best if you also had the right tools when working with electricity. Having proper tools will help you with any electrical work and can also be used for other work around your house.
When looking for switches, also make sure to buy switch disconnectors that can work with your setup.
Replacing The Switch
Having turned off the supply of electricity, you can now start working on replacing the switch from the switchboard.
- Your first step needs to be screwing off the switchplate and taking it out. The wires will still be attached to the switches, so don’t use a lot of force.
- Having removed the switchplate from the wall, you now need to start removing the wires from each switch. Make sure to mark each wire and know which one goes where when installing the new switches.
- Alternatively, you can take your time with this and change the wires one by one to ensure that none get mixed up. It is important to remember that not all switches are designed the same, so make sure you are connecting the wires to the right place.
- Having changed the wires, you now need to properly screw them back in place, making sure not to damage any wires or switches in the process.
- Screw the switchplate on now the same way you removed it. If you also want to replace the switchboard, ensure it has the correct layout.
- Repeat the process for the other switches if you are using a 2-way light switch
- When done and satisfied with your switches, turn on the power and see if the switches work as intended.
Buying The Right Light Switches
Different Types Of Switches
Light switches, like other technology around us, have changed a lot over the years. Nowadays, you can find all sorts of light switches to give you even more control.
Other than basic light switches, most people are aware of a dimmer that allows you to control light’s intensity. Dimmers can be easily installed in most regular light switches. Depending on what you need, there are many unique and different switches on the market.
For example, there are entirely digital switches today with digital screens alongside them. For these types of switches, it’s best to get expert help.
The Best Quality
With so many switches, it’s essential not to compromise on quality. Whenever buying or installing electrical stuff in your house, don’t compromise on quality.
Light switches can also last a long time if the light switches you buy are good quality. Sometimes in an effort to save money, people end up losing out and having to change switches more frequently.
With the internet, you can find reviews and feedback on many different products that can help you in making your decision.