Every day, we use the light switches in our homes. They can eventually become worn or appear outdated. Exchanging a standard light switch with one that is decorative refreshes the look of a room. It is not difficult or expensive to replace a single-pole type light switch. Follow these instructions for safe installation.
You will need:
Step 1: Find the breaker or fuse for the circuit controlling the light switch and turn this off.
Step 2: Flip the light switch on and off several times to verify that electrical power is off. If the light does not turn on when the switch is flipped to the on position, the proper fuse or circuit was turned off.
Step 3: Hold your voltage tester up to this light switch to verify that electric current is not passing through.
Step 4: If the room is dark, turn on your work light. Remove all screws attaching the light switch plate, using your flat head screwdriver.
Step 5: Use your Phillips head screwdriver to remove all screws anchoring the switch to the electrical box in the wall.
Step 6: Pull the light switch out from the electrical box. Write down or snap a photograph of the wiring configuration for the switch.
Step 7: Remove the wires by unscrewing each screw on the light switch.
Step 8: Grab your new light switch. Position it so the word “Top” printed on the switch is located at the top of this switch.
Step 9: Use the photograph or drawing to properly connect the electrical wires to your new switch. Wrap slightly more than half an inch of each stripped wire clockwise around the appropriate terminal screw. The neutral wire should connect to a silver screw. The black wire should connect with the brass screw and the grounding wire connects to a green screw that on the opposite side of your switch. Use your Phillips head screwdriver to tighten each screw.
Step 10: Carefully push the new switch into the switch electrical box. Use the screws to attach the switch to the box.
Step 11: Screw the switch plate on top, anchoring it to the wall.
Step 12: Test the newly installed switch by turning on the circuit breaker or fuse.