Tip: Understanding Electrical Switches

You probably already have a pretty firm grip on what electrical switches do, but you may not realize what they can do for your home. Redesigning the layout and function of your switches allows you to completely redecorate your home. Here’s a breakdown on what electrical switches do and some ideas for upgrades, repairs, or replacements.

The most familiar electrical switch is the common light switch, referred to by hardware dealers and electricians as a single-pole switch. A switch that operates lights from two locations—the ends of a hallway, for example—is called a three-way switch.

Some electrical switches are operated with keys, timers, or photoelectric eyes that sense daylight. Some switches are paired up with outlets (a combination switch) and others have their own indicator light to let you know the switch is on. Outdoor electrical switches are mounted in a special box and operated with a lever.

Special dimmers are needed for fluorescent and neon lights and loads greater than 1,000 watts. Switches should match the amp and voltage ratings for the circuit. Also, if your home has aluminum wiring, the switches should be designated CU-AL for compatibility.

Replacing electrical switches allow you to make a smart yet subtle home improvement!

If you’ve got some outdated electrical switches or simply looking to switch things up, contact Mr. Mighty Chicago Electricians to help with all your home electrical needs.