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How do you wire a light switch?

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A light switch breaks one half of the circuit to the light. "CODE" says to break the black wire. I usually break the white since this is the ground and should have less chance of a shock from a bad switch. Since it is only half the circuit if you are replacing a switch it does not matter which wire goes to which terminal on the switch. This applies to a single pole switch. A double or triple switch is something else. If a light that turn on from only one place is a single. If it turns on from 2 places, two doorways into a room or top and bottom of stairs it is a two way switch and it does matter how it is wired. Nothing will blow up, it simply will not work from both if wired wrong.

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