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Replacing a Three Position Light Fixture Switch

Replacing a Rotary Switch for a Three Level Light Fixture – The light fixture that you are describing uses what is called a Rotary – Three Way switch. This type of rotary three way switch is used in a variety of light fixtures that have three levels of lighting.

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[ad#block]Electrical Question: What type of electrical switch do I need to replace a faulty one in a Gone with the Wind Lamp. This lamp, if you are not familiar, works this way: The 1st turn of the switch, bottom Night light comes one. The 2nd turn of switch, the top globe comes on and the bottom turns off. The 3rd turn of the switch, both globes come on.The 4th turns off.
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This electrical wiring question came from: Mike, a Homeowner from Lexington, Kentucky.

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Replacing a Rotary Three Position Light Fixture Switch

Application: Replacing a Switch for a Table Light Fixture
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 hand tools.
Precaution: Unplug the light fixture from the wall outlet or power source before working with the wiring and replacing the switch.
Materials: Make sure the replacement light switch has the same amperage and voltage rating as the original switch, and is fully compatible with the light fixture and the type of light bulbs that are being used.

The light fixture that you are describing uses what is called a Rotary – Three Way switch.
This type of rotary three way switch is used in a variety of light fixtures that have three levels of lighting.

These rotary light switches have 3-wires:

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