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Wiring Switches

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

  1. 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 to install a remote motion detector to your outside lights.

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  1. Prevent Mold with the DewStop Fan Switch


    Control bathroom humidity more efficiently with a new type of humidistat switch that turns an exhaust fan on and off in response to changing humidity levels.

  2. 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 into the expensive switch.

  3. 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 compatible models, and make sure you buy dimmable bulbs.

  4. Wireless Electrical Switch: Battery-Free, Finger Powered Switch


    Install a new electrical switch without any wiring or batteries. Piezoelectric switches use radio signals generated by the push of a button to turn electrical devices on and off.

  5. 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 generated by a fingertip push.

  6. 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.

  7. How to Replace a Well Pump Pressure Switch


    Replace a faulty well pump switch in about an hour; no special tools or skills required.

  8. Check the Wattage Before You Install a Dimmer Switch


    Not all dimmer switches are the same, and if you buy one that's not rated for the total wattage of the lights it controls, you could have problems. Check the fine print before you buy.

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