Combination Light Switches

A combination light switch typically involves both an electrical plug outlet and a toggle switch, which can be used to power whatever light or appliance is plugged into it. It can also entail a pair of toggle switches, each controlling different lights. The key to installing them lies in differentiating the sets of wires that connect them. The average combination light switch has six different wires, divided into two sets: one black wire, one white wire, and one green wire per set. One set brings incoming power to the combination light switch, and one goes to the electrical outlet itself.

The trick is to determine which one is which before installing the combo switch. A voltmeter or similar device can determine which wires lead back to the power source. The white wires are the neutral wires, the black wires are the "hot" wires (with electricity running through them), and the green wires are the ground wires that discharge the electricity safely in the event of the unforeseen. Once you know which set is which, you can install the combination light switch simply by screwing the wires into their corresponding screws. Neutral wires go into silver screws, hot wires go into brass screws, and ground wires go into green screws.

Electrical Supplies for Combination Light Switches Can Come in Bulk

Combination light switches are common items, and their utility makes them a typical upgrade option to replace regular switches.

"...Combination light switches are common items, and their utility makes them a typical upgrade option to replace regular switches.."
Because of the comparative complexity, however, homeowners should employ an electrician to make sure they are installed properly. Electricians can go to Electrical Industries to receive wholesale supplies in bulk, or they can contact these wholesale distributors at sales@electricalindustries.com or 313-790-3000.