How to Use a Push-Button Electric Wall Switch

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How to Use a Push-Button Electric Wall Switch
Push button switches come in many styles. (light switch image by Christopher Hall from

Push button electrical switches work in much the same way, but come in various designs. They are most commonly found in the home as light switches and on power outlets, but are also used on torches and other portable electronics. Flip switches have separate positions for on and off whereas push button switches stay in the same place. Push button switches may also be attached to a dimmer so the brightness can be altered by rotating the switch.

The design is so the user cannot come into contact with the live wires and so the switch can blend into the decor of the room.

Skill level:


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    Toggle the rocker switch up and down to turn the appliance on or off.

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    Check the top of the switch to see if a red tag is showing, indicating the switch is on.

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    Flicking the switch up will turn on the appliance in America, but in the UK the standard position is down. This can be changed as the switch can easily be installed upside down.

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    Plug in an appliance into the wall. Never turn a socket on unless something is plugged into it as the socket will still be live and could electrocute someone.

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    Toggle the rocker switch so the red tag indicates the power supply is on.

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    Turn on the appliance.

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    Make sure the batteries in the torch are working properly. Major battery manufacturers have added a system so the amount of power left in a battery can be checked by pressing on each end of the battery, otherwise the best way to check is to turn the torch on. The bulb brightness will diminish as the battery power is worn down.

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    Push firmly on the button to turn the torch on.

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    Press firmly again to turn it off.

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