Thursday, June 11, 2009

Subject: Wiring lamp with toggle switch?


Name: Matt



Question: Is it possible to wire a lamp using a toggle switch for the on/off switch? I'm making a house/floor lamp out of an old street lamp and I need to rewire it for indoor use. I wanted to use a toggle switch on the lamp pole itself as the on/off switch, but a lot of the toggle switches that can be found online have specs and ratings that I don't understand. I don't think I need any "heavy-duty" toggle switch, but even the "light-duty" toggle switches have amp/volt ratings that I don't understand. I found some here that look promising (http://www.idealindustries.com/products/electrical_supplies/toggle_switches.jsp) but again – I don't know what all the rating jargon means. I don't want to do anything that could burn down my house. BTW - I'm not planning on using anything more than a 100w bulb in my lamps. Please advise!

Answer: Hi Matt,

Head down to any local hard ware store. They all will have lamp part. This is a common device but would be hard to find on the internet.
Here is a good link: http://www.mylampparts.com/index.php?cPath=707
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