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Choosing Light Switches For Your House

(Last Updated On: September 4, 2018)

In need of a light switch for your new or recently renovated house? Don’t worry as there are plenty of different light switches out there in the market for you to choose from!

Choosing a light switch in Singapore is not an exactly as easy as it sounds especially when you’re required to just pick a few among the ones with your preferred features.

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Types of Light Switches

Light switches come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and functionalities. Take a look at some types below to aid your decision:

  • Single Pole Switch: This type of light switch is considered to be one of the most commonly used ones in Singapore. As such, a single pole switch uses a simple on and off toggle in order to control devices, receptacles, and lights from a single location. Flipping this switch on single pole models either connects or disconnects the circuit. You are required to wire the switch in a correct direction to ensure that the markings match the position of the light switches. Single-pole light switches are also likely to have two brass screws on either side of the switch. These brass terminals then house the incoming and outgoing hot wire. Additionally, a green ground terminal can also be found in such light switches.

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  • Double-Way Switch: Like single-pole light switches, a double-pole light switch also has a green ground screw and uses an on/off toggle and controls devices such as receptacles and lights from a single location. With its four brass terminals, it can effectively house two different hot wires. This indicates that these double-pole models can switch to a 240-volt circuit. Remember to hire a certified electrician in Singapore if you are thinking of installing double-way switches. This ensures that the light switches are properly and professionally installed.
  • 3-Way Switch: This kind of light switch usually comes in pairs and allows you to properly turn the lights on and off from two different locations. Usually, a 3-way switch is ideally installed in long hallways. A 3-way switch design is considered to be more complicated than other kinds of switches out there. The hot wire found in this design is connected to the common screw (COM), while the remaining terminal is used to wire the leads for the switches. Like the previously discussed light switches, a 3-way light switch also comes with a green ground screw.

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  • 4-Way Switch: 4-way light switches are basically combined with 3-way switches in order to control lights from three or more locations. You can easily spot a 4-way light switch by its four different terminals.

Switch Designs

Apart from the types of light switches mentioned, they can also be differentiated based on their designs:

  • Push Button Switches: Push-button switches are considered to be comparatively less common than other switches out there. Some of the models provide spring-loaded designs that eventually return to the original position after being pressed. The other push-button switches are to stay depressed if pushed back as well as click back to the original position if the circuit is disconnected.
  • Toggle Switches: This kind of light switch is very common. Its toggle design utilizes a lever that is angled in an on-and-off position. If you move the toggle down or up, it will either disconnect or connect the circuit.

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  • Selector Switches: Selector switches contain a kind of rotary lever or knob in order for you to choose different lighting settings as needed. These switches also come in two-mode designs.

Looking to change the switch in your HDB flat? Don’t forget to contact an HDB approved electrician like Daylight Electrician Singapore. Contact us now by calling +65 6653 6261 or email us at enquiry@daylightelectrician.com to speak to our friendly customer service staff about our quality electrical works.

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Daylight Electrician Singapore provides complete electrical services including an emergency electrician service. Our EMA Licensed electrician and electrical workers are EMA/BCA/IDA certifiied and specially trained to execute all kinds of electrical repairs and works including electrical installation such as light installationceiling fan installationpower failure recovery as well as electrical wiring and rewiring. We have over 10 years of electrician experience and have done thousands of electrical works for both residential (Landed, condo and HDB electrician) and commercial electrician. We are the highly recommended electrician in Singapore with many happy customers and reviews. Call us for guaranteed transparent and honest pricing for all your electrical needs at +65 6653 6261

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