How To Install a Remote Light Switch

Installing switch

So many things are automated nowadays. This is one advantage that the modern world has. Imagine Newton trying to work out a difficult mathematics problem with only a gas lamp by his side. Or better yet, imagine him formulating the three laws of motion in a dimly lit room. There is a serious possibility that the image you have formed in your mind is one in which fluorescent lamps or light bulbs have not existed yet. That was simply the way it was before. But now, the development in electrical and electronic engineering has allowed us the comfort of the simple light switch. And, further advances in the two fields mentioned have made it possible for us to use these switches remotely. Amazing, isn’t it?  Who would’ve thought that we could actually not have to get our backsides off the couch or bed to turn off the lights?  Even Newton probably didn’t think of that possibility.

If you’re wondering how to go about the installation of a wall switch, and if you’re afraid you might need to rewire your entire house, fear not. Installing a wall switch with remote capability is not all that difficult to do. Here’s how:

  1. First and most important of all, always make sure that you are taking the necessary precautions. Make sure that you turn off your circuit breakers. If you do not know the corresponding breaker, check the wiring diagram of the place. This is a vital step to guard you from any mishaps.
  2. Once you’re sure that the breaker to the correct switch plate is off, you can loosen the screws that hold the wiring switch in place. After you have done this, pull the plate hard enough to be able to see the wires. The next step is a bit tricky. You have to attach the remote component to the wiring just like the previous wall or door switch.
  3. After you have done this, you can put the cover plate or cover plates back in place. You just have to repeat the process if you intend to install more than one remote light switch. But as a precaution, always make sure that before you work with electrical wirings, turn off the breaker. This cannot be emphasized enough.

If you want a dimmer switch that can be remotely accessed, you can have that as part of the component that you installed. There are numerous products to choose from. You can actually choose from different kinds. A switching system may not only be used for lights. It can be used for fans, AC and lamps. And a switching system can also be stationary/fixed, movable, remote, etc.

Now that you have a bit of information about how to install a remote light switch, it is tempting to actually try one. The steps are not all that complicated. But if you are in doubt, ask your electrician to perform the installation for you. The comforts that a remote switching system can provide are endless.


Share this article!

Follow us!

Find more helpful articles: