This list of switch symbols will help you to identify these devices on the electrical blueprint or wiring diagram layout.
When performing any electrical wiring for any of these switches devices, you will be able to identify the type and location of the various devices from this list of switch symbols.
The listing includes a description of the commonly used devices that are represented by these switch symbols.
This listing of switch symbols includes a variety of the most commonly installed switches which are mainly used for lighting however some may be used for wall receptacles, garbage disposals, and applications such as controlling a water fountain.
Electrical Wiring Diagram Symbols for Switches
The switch symbol typically refers to a single pole switch which is most commonly wall mounted and found in all areas of the home.
the 3-way switch symbol is used to describe a pair of light switches which are found in areas such as a hallway or stairway where a 3-way switch is located at opposite ends.
The 4-way switch symbol describes one or more 4-way switches which are commonly found in very long hallways or stairways where there is more than two access points.
The dimmer switch symbol may refer to a variety of dimming type light switches which are used to control dimmable light fixtures commonly found in areas such as living rooms and bed rooms.
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Residential Wiring Diagrams Residential wiring diagrams are an important tool for completing your electrical projects. An electrical wiring diagram can be as simple as a diagram showing how to install a new switch in your hallway, or as complex as the complete electrical blueprint for your new home.
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Designing a Home Electrical Wiring Plan and Circuits
Electrical Project Skill Level:
Intermediate to Advanced - Best performed by a Licensed Architect Electrical Tools Required:
Drafting Supplies, a Well Lighted Drafting Table, Mechanical Pencil, Scaled Ruler, Electrical Symbols Template, Drafting Paper and Soft Eraser or Electrical Circuit Design Software or Computer Aided Design CAD Software.
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Planning the Electrical Devices and Mechanical Equipment is essential to properly size the Home Electrical Service Panel and Sub Panels. Electrical Symbols must be used to identify the proposed circuit or electrical equipment or device.
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Electrical Codes and Inspections:
Home Electrical Circuit Designs must be made in compliance with all Applicable Local and National Electrical Codes and Electrical Plans must be submitted to the appropriate building department or agency for approval as required for the specific project.
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A wire stripping tool used to safely strip electrical wires.
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The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets.
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