10 Dec

Don’t Ignore That Hot Light Switch!

Have you ever noticed a light switch that was hot to the touch? Or worse, a smoking light switch?

If you answered yes, then you need a light switch replacement now.

Do it your-selfers should have no problem changing out simple light switches.

As you can see from the image below, there are usually 3 wires to deal with when replacing a light switch.

Before you get started, turn the power off to the light switch in your electrical panel. Then, using an electrical tester, make sure the power is off before proceeding with the replacement.

The bare copper wire is the ground and needs to be secured to the ground screw on the new light switch.

The hot wire usually black, will be secured to the light switch at both screws. Note: this hot wire is simply being connected and disconnected via the light switch. The neutral wire is either wired together or it just continues to it’s point of use.



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About Karen Mares

A Portlander born and raised, Karen lives in Southwest Portland with her husband and children. Karen has kept journals throughout her life, and she began her personal blog, Random Thoughts From A Suburban Mom in 2007. She hasn't stopped writing since, channeling her passion for words and information into writing and communicating through social media and blogging.