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Add a Touch Sensor to a Light Fixture

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Install a Touch Sensor Switch or a Remote Control Switch for a Light Fixture: Can I wire a touch sensor switch or a remote control for a light fixture?

Light Fixture Touch Switch or Remote Control

Electrical Question: Can I wire a touch sensor switch or a remote control for a light fixture?

What do you think?

This electrical wiring question came from: Wilson, from Greenbrier, Tennessee.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Wilson.

How to Add a Touch Sensor Switch or Remote Control Switch

Application: Wiring a Touch Sensor Switch or Remote Control.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a licensed electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the light circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Note: Make sure the remote control unit has the capacity in watts for the lamps that will be installed in the fixture.

Light Fixture Controlled by a Touch Sensor or a Remote Control Switch

The following is an example of how a touch sensor switch or remote control unit may be added to a light fixture and used as a switch.

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2 Responses to “Add a Touch Sensor to a Light Fixture”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Edd,
    The Westek Touch Dimmer Model 6553 is a prewired device which includes a module that plugs into a wall outlet, and a touch pad which is wired to the module. The control module has an outlet where the light fixture you wish to control may be plugged in for the connection. There is no need for additional wiring. Place the touch pad in a convenient location and make sure the switch on the light fixture is in the ON position and the touch dimmer is ready to use. Make sure the lamp in the light fixture is dimmable, such as an incandescent bulb, or a dimmable LED replacement lamp.
    Thank you for sharing your light fixture question with us,

  2. Edd Higbee says:

    Wiring a Touch Dimmer for a Light Fixture

    My Westek Touch Dimmer (Model 6553) came with bare wires and a separate wall plug with a top that slides off. I’m not sure how to connect the two so I can plug the unit into the wall. Please advise.