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Wiring Around a Switch
By Dave Rongey
Summary: Electrical Switches Question:
My roommate keeps shutting off our security lights for the outside door. I'm curious if there's a way I can disable the switch while leaving the light turned on.
How to Wire Around a Light Switch
Switch Wiring Question:
My roommate keeps shutting off our security lights for the outside door.
I'm curious if there's a way I can disable the switch while leaving the light turned on.
Note about Switches:
If a switch is installed then it really should not be removed or wired around because the device that it provides power to will then be hot all the time, however light fixtures that have internal controls such as Security Lights and Motion Detector Light Fixtures do require a constant power source for proper operation.
Hi Chris - Great Electrical Repair Question!
All you need to do is first turn off the electrical power to the switch, then simply wire past the switch.
Remove the two wires that go to the switch and use a wire connector to join them together then remount the switch.
The switch would simply take up space.
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