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How To Wire Light Switches with Diagrams

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Wiring Light Switches the Easy Way: Fully explained pictures and wiring diagrams about wiring light switches describing the most common light switches

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Electrical Question: I have a two single pole switch.

This electrical wiring question came from: Brian, a Homeowner from Warren Michigan

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

Wiring Light Switches the Easy Way

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
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 switch circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

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2 Responses to “How To Wire Light Switches with Diagrams”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Simon,
    The wire connections to the switches are made to the screw terminals which are located on the side of the switches, as shown in the wiring diagrams. If you are using the push in connections, the location for the wire opening corresponds with the side screw terminals as well.
    I hope this helps you, Happy Wiring!

  2. Simon says:

    The connection on the back of the switch is not shown on the diagram. Would you kindly show us?