A double toggle switch is a type of electrical switch that allows you to control two lights or other devices on or off simultaneously. They are easy to install and can be used to replace a light switch or an outlet.
There are two main types of toggle switches: one that is on/off and the other that is momentary. Toggle switches have a spring-loaded mechanism that makes or breaks an electrical contact to an appliance. Toggle switches are usually rated for 12V or 15A and can be located in different locations.
Toggle switches are typically marked on the bottom with an arrow and the word “TOP” or a brass plate. They also have a latch to ensure they stay in place after being relocated.
They are commonly found in kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. They are a great way to add more lighting or outlets in rooms where space is limited.
When wiring a switch, it’s important to understand the circuit and how electricity travels between each circuit wire. This is especially true if you’re replacing an old light switch that has been wired differently.
The switch’s screw terminals should be connected to the incoming power (black) wires. The wires that aren’t controlled by the switch are called the “neutral” or “ground” wires. You can find these wires in the electrical box, which may have a bare copper or green insulated grounding wire connected to the ground screw terminal of the switch.
Step 2: Unscrew the switch from the wall. Use a pair of wire strippers to remove about 3/4 inch of insulation from the hot wires and the ground wire, as necessary. Clip off any nicks or scrapes from the wire ends, then bend the ends of each wire into C-shaped loops, using needle-nose pliers.
Splice the wires together, if necessary. You can do this yourself or hire a licensed electrician to do it for you. If you have to hire an electrician, make sure they are experienced and can work safely in your home.
Once the wires are spliced together, connect them to the new switch. Be sure to label each wire and place a piece of electrical tape over the top of the wires so you can find them later.
The black wire coming from the first switch is called the “feed” wire, and it’s a hot wire. This wire sends electricity to the switch, which in turn controls whether or not to send the power to the fixture. This is the same type of wire that is attached to the outlet plug, though it’s usually black instead of red.
Next, check to see that both switches are on the same side and the feed wire is connected to the right one. You can do this by removing the cover of the wire and looking for the metal tab, or “fin.” The feed wire should be on the side that has the metal tab.
If you have to use a soldering iron, be careful not to touch the bare copper wires with your finger nails or your thumb, as this can cause a short circuit. Be sure to wear insulated gloves and rubber-soled shoes while working.