This article was co-authored by Ralph Childers. Ralph Childers is a master electrician based in the Portland, Oregon area with over 30 years of conducting and teaching electrical work. Ralph received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and holds an Oregon Journeyman Electrical License
under the name of well as electrician licenses in Louisiana and Texas.
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A toggle switch is an electrical component that controls the flow of electricity through a circuit using a mechanical lever that is manually switched. Though toggle switches come in several varieties, in their simplest form, they’re essentially on-off switches for whatever circuit they’re wired to. Usually, toggle switches are installed in devices
who lack a pre-existing means for regulating an add-on’s operation. For example, a person might install a toggle switch in their car to operate an aftermarket interior LED light system.
To install a toggle switch in your car, you’ll need to drill a hole for the switch in your paneling and wire it in to the power supply. Make sure you disconnect all power from the device before you start to protect you from an electric shock. Then, remove all the paneling or housing around the device so you can access it. Drill a hole in the panel wherein you want your switch to go and push it through. You’ll need to measure the diameter of your switch so you know how big to make the hole. Once you’ve fitted your switch in the panel, cut the supply wire in your device. In the break, attach your toggle switch wires, using screws, solder, or twisting the ends, depending on your toggle switch. Finally, connect the power supply and test your switch. For more tips from our Electrician co-author, including how to buy the right toggle switch for your car, read on!
Nov 30, 2017
Nov 30, 2017
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