Wiring Switches

Learn how to replace and wire switches and dimmers with tips to work safely and save money.

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  • Install a CFL Dimmer Switch

  • Compact fluorescent bulbs can work well with dimmers—if they're the right type of dimmer. Replace older, standard dimmer switches with CFL…

  • How to Install a 3-Way Switch

  • This article shows you a simple technique for adding a second switch to a stairway light or a light in any room in your home. It covers running…

  • How to Wire a Three-Way Switch

  • This story features diagrams that show how to wire three-way switches. The wiring is more complicated than a traditional single-pole switch, but…

  • Install a Wireless Light Switch

  • Tired of groping for pull chains in the dark? Wireless, piezoelectric switches allow you to control lights using nothing more than the energy…

  • When to Use Cheap Light Switches

  • A cheap switch and an expensive switch will both turn a light on, but fixtures that draw more power require the larger, more durable parts built…

  • How to Install a Dimmer Switch

  • There's more to changing a switch than connecting a few wires. You have to check grounding and box size for a safe, first-class job. It's easy…

  • How to Install Dimmer Switches

  • Installing a dimmer switch? The National Electrical Code now requires larger box sizes to accommodate bulky devices like dimmer switches and…

  • Replacing a 3-Way Switch

  • All three-way switches have one screw that is a different color than the others. The Family Handyman editor, Rick Muscoplat, will teach you how…

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