In-line or feed-through switches installed on hanging cords make turning the light off and on more convenient. These types of switches can be installed on any location of any lamp cord. Many light fixtures with lamp cords would benefit from having the switch installed. Pulling the plug out of the wall just to turn the light off will eventually wear out the cord and the plug. Keep your light in working order by installing a switch on the cord.
Things You'll Need
- Utility knife
- Wire cutter/stripper
- Phillips or slotted screwdriver
- In-line switch
Choose a location for your switch to be placed on the hanging cord where it is most convenient for you to reach. Once you choose the location, you cannot change your mind as you cannot move the switch on the cord.
Slice 1-inch of the membrane that connects the two lamp wires together using a utility knife. Use a wire stripper/cutter and cut through the smooth wire, leaving the ribbed wire intact. Lamp cord consists of two wires connected together. One wire feels smooth and is considered the hot wire; the other wire feels ribbed and is considered the neutral wire.
Remove the nut and screw holding the in-line switch together. One side has channels for the wires and the other side has a rotating switch. Use a small screwdriver to remove the screw from the nut.
Install the switch. Push the ribbed wire into one channel of the in-line switch and place the cut side into the other channel. Place the rotary side of the switch onto the channel side of the switch and replace the nut that holds them together.
- Electrical-online: Install an In-line Switch on a Lamp Cord
- Chest of Books: Lamp Cord
- "Wiring 1-2-3"; Steve Cory; 2005
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