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Old 02-01-2011, 08:17 AM   #1
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Wire a lightswitch so it's always off?


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I'm interested in disabling a rocker light switch so that the light it operates is always turned off. Is there a safe way to do this without having to call an electrician? Thank you for your help!

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Old 02-01-2011, 08:19 AM   #2
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You can do it yourself. Turn off the breaker (and test the switch that it does not work).

Remove the switch, take off one wire from the body side, tape the wire end, put the switch back. (Refinement, put a label on the loose wire so the next homeowner knows what it was for.)

Alternative method. Take the lamp out of the light fixture.

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The code may require a switch controlled lighting outlet in the room. Removing the switch may create a code violation.

What room is this in?
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Use a wire nut not tape.
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Remove the switch, take off one wire from the body side, tape the wire end, put the switch back. (Refinement, put a label on the loose wire so the next homeowner knows what it was for.)
Not sure what you mean by the "body side", but disconnect the load side, not the line side. If you think of a switch as having power come in one wire, and then when it's on, power goes out the other wire. The wire you want to disconnect is the wire the power goes OUT, not the one it comes in. Which is which may not be obvious, so you'll need a tester of some kind. But this way there isn't a loose wire in the box that's live.

And yes, don't use tape, use a wirenut, even though you're only nutting one wire.
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At my work we have several switches that are to remain on at all times.

We found a nifty cover at the hardware store. You remove the screw from the light plate cover, and then screw this over the plate. It's now impossible to touch the switch, without removing this screw down cover.

Before we found these nifty covers, we used masking tape, but someone kept taking the tape off.
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Not sure what you mean by the "body side", but disconnect the load side, not the line side. If you think of a switch as having power come in one wire, and then when it's on, power goes out the other wire. The wire you want to disconnect is the wire the power goes OUT, not the one it comes in. Which is which may not be obvious, so you'll need a tester of some kind. But this way there isn't a loose wire in the box that's live.

And yes, don't use tape, use a wirenut, even though you're only nutting one wire.
Yep, this.

Or if you want to laugh at the face of danger, just use foil on the end, and arrange it so the foil is not touching any surface inside.

Another thing you can do is wire nut both wires, remove the switch and just put a blank faceplate, that way you don't have a switch there for nothing.
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Body side -- Not the green screw at the end of the metal strip (yoke) attached to the switch body.

Wire nut -- If you don't have any wire nuts small enough to stay on and large enough to cover the bare wire end, then you will need to use some tape.

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