A simple circuit with a switch is a great way to demonstrate the basics of how electricity works, according to Glen Baxter, a certified electrician. Whether you are making repairs around the house or helping one of your children with a science-fair project, building a simple circuit with a switch is both enjoyable and educational, Baxter says. It's also very affordable, and you might even find what you need around the house.
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Things you need
- Electrical switch
- Electrical device
- Power source
- 3 pieces of wire, 12 inches
Mount your components to a board. It will be easier to complete your project if everything is stationary.
Connect the end of a wire to one side of the switch. Connect the other end of the same wire to one side of your power source.
Connect the end of a wire to the other side of the switch. Connect the other end of the same wire to one side of your load. The device you are powering is called a load.
Connect the end of a wire to the other side of the load. Connect the other end of the same wire to your power source.
Turn the switch "on" and test your circuit.
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