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This instructable is for anyone who needs to swap out an old light switch for a new one. For the most part, swapping out a light switch is going to be an easy task. This instructable will take those who aren't as comfortable with home electronics through a safe and simple process for the desired results.

Reason's to replace a light switch:
Over time the parts inside the switch wear down or break. This wear can make the device difficult or sometimes impossible to use. Its at this point where you want to swap out the switch for a new one.
Another reason to swap out the switch is to improve its utility or aesthetic features. Light switches come in various shapes, sizes, and colors, choosing the right one is up to you.

Replacing a light switch should only take 5 to 15 minutes.

Step 1: Materials and Tools Required:

Picture of Materials and Tools Required:
Materials List:
-New light switch
-New faceplate (optional)

(Optional) Replacing the faceplate is not a requirement to replace the switch, but the faceplate needs to come off anyway so swapping it is easy.
Note: the faceplate screws into the light switch; make sure that these two materials match each other before beginning.

Tools List:
-Screwdriver
-Needle nose pliers
-Electrical tape
-Wire stripping tool (optional)
 
zchampine5 years ago
You may want to take your multi-meter and test that your power is actually off after you circuit breaker is switched off, the switch might be part of a different circuit and still have live electricity. Or, just flip the switch if you're not replacing it because it no longer works.