Wiring Switches

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  • 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…

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  • 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 an In-Line Cord Switch

    Make turning lamps on and off easier by installing an in line cord switch. We'll show you how to add the switch so you don't have to…

  • How To Stop Dimmer Switches From Humming

    Humming dimmer switches are a surprisingly common problem. We’ll show you simple DIY fixes that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

  • 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…

  • Installing a Remote Motion Detector for Lighting

    A remote sensor automatically lights up dark sidewalks and yards. And it'll operate any light fixture. In this story, we'll show you how…

  • How to Install Outdoor Lighting and Outlet

    Run an underground electrical line into the garden to power an outdoor light or a pond pump. Here’s the quickest and cheapest method for…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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