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Lighting Controls

Light Switch InstallationLight switches are nothing more than simple devices that open or close an electrical circuit to turn on or off a light fixture, ceiling fan, or similar electrical device. No matter the type, all switches serve one function - to make a connection between two wires. When the switch is in the on position, connection is made and current flows unless there is some other wiring problem.


Aside from lighting up a room, some switches incorporate special features such as motion detectors to make moving around in your home safer and more convenient.


Most light switches are durable, but if a switch breaks or wears out, it can not only be inconvenient, but difficult to replace largely depending on the complexity of your homes wiring.


A1 Handyman (208) 995-6457 is your one stop repair and maintenance solution. We can install light switches of any make or model and help maintain your home to save you money. One call really does take care of everything on your to-do list so stay on top of all your household repairs, improvements, and maintenance needs by requesting service today.


Light Switch Styles

Because switches are designed to meet the varying needs of electrical devices, it’s important to consider switch styles, switch ratings, and wire compatibility. While light switches may look similar, they actually come in a wide variety of types and styles.


Light Switch InstallationSingle-Pole Switches

• Controls one fixture from a single location

• Most common type of switch

• Easiest to install or replace

• Choose from classic toggle or rocker styles


Install Light Switches3-Way Switches

• Controls one fixture from two locations

• Often used in stairways, hallways, and large rooms

• Slightly more complicated installation


4-Way Switches

• Controls light(s) from three locations; one fixture from two locations

• Most commonly used in large rooms

• One 4-way switch must be used with two 3-way switches in a 4-way circuit

• Slightly more complicated installation


Install Dimmer SwitchesMulti-location Switches

• Controls one fixture from three or more locations

• Used in larger spaces where having multiple controls adds convenience and safety

• Slightly more complicated installation


Residential Light Switch InstallationDouble Switches

• Controls two fixtures without installing a separate box

• Installing two parallel switches with a double box also works

• Make sure there is plenty of room for all the wires so that it meets building code requirements


Dimmer Switch InstallationDimmers

• Allows you to adjust light levels in any room

• Available in single-pole, 3-way and multi-location versions

• Saves energy and extends bulb life


Switch Ratings and Wire Compatibility

Before replacing or installing a light switch, it’s important to make sure the new switch matches the amperage rating and voltage of where it’s being installed.


Residential Switches - Use an amperage (amp) rating of 15. These 15 amp rated switches should be connected to a 14-gauge wire, which is found in most homes.

Commercial Switches - Use a voltage (V) rating of 120. These 20 amp rated switches should be connected to a 12-gauge wire.


No time for electrical repairs? Problem solved! Call A1 Handyman at (208) 995-6457 and our service technician will get right to work on all your home improvement and repair needs. From replacing light fixtures, switches, and outlets to installing a new bathroom faucet, A1 Handyman has the tools and expertize to complete the task. This means you'll receive consistently high quality work from safe, reliable, professional handymen.


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