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Wiring a Switch - Single Pole Switch - Conduit

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Published on May 29, 2012

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I show the steps for wiring a switch. This is in the Chicago area. USA.

Light switches can be used hundreds of times a year in a home. This constant use can loosen wire connections and eventually wear out the moving parts. Wiring a switch is an easy do it yourself project. Just make sure to turn off the power to the circuit you are working on.

A single-pole switch is used to control lights from only one location. The switch has two screw terminals on the body of the switch. Most switches will also have a green grounding screw. A single-pole switch will have ON and OFF marked on the lever.

A switch is just a break in the hot wire controlling a light. Both of the wires are HOT and should be black. If there are neutral wires in the box, they are not connected to the switch. They should be tied together with a wire nut.
I show wiring a switch and a couple types of connections you could find when you replace a light switch.

Always turn off the breaker or remove the fuse to the switch before wiring a switch.

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