Learn how to replace and wire switches and dimmers with tips to work safely and save money.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Replace a Well Pump Pressure Switch
Replace a faulty well pump switch in about an hour; no special tools or skills required.
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.
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 new electrical cable and connecting both switches, and replacing undersized electrical boxes. Make your house safer and more convenient by following these how-to photos for adding a second light switch.