How to Install an In-Line Cord Switch
Replace a standard lamp switch with an in line switch
An hour or less
Less than $20
IntroductionMake 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 reach under the lampshade to flip on the light. The installation is fast, simple and doesn't require any special tools.
- 4-in-1 screwdriver
- Wire stripper/cutter
How to Install the Switch
Tired of reaching up under the lampshade to switch on your favorite lamp? Mount an in-line switch on the cord.
Project step-by-step (5)
Several sizes of in-line cord switches are available at hardware stores, home centers and lamp specialty stores. Look at the tiny printing on the cord to determine which size switch you need, SPT-1 or SPT-2. In-line cord switches also vary slightly in design. Consult the instruction sheet before installation.
Slit the Cord Where You Want the Switch
To prepare the cord for the new switch. Make sure you cut the non-identified (hot) wire only. It’s the one without any indentations or ribbing. Use a small pocketknife to make a 3/4-in. slit at the desired switch location. Note that you could also use a utility knife. Do not cut into the individual wire sheathing.
Slice the Smooth Wire
Cut apart the smooth (non-identified) wire in the center of the split.
Attach the Switch
Insert the cord into the wire channel on the switch bottom. Press the switch halves together and tighten the switch screw.