A lamp is indispensable when renewing your interior or renovating a house. You often have to install electricity yourself or replace existing switchgear. It is therefore useful to know how to connect a lamp to a switch. Below you can read what a switch is, which one is suitable for your space and how you can best connect it to a lamp. Do not forget to switch off the power in the meter cupboard when connecting!
The suitable switch to connect a lamp
Connecting a lamp to the switch is not that difficult. A switch does nothing more than connect or disconnect current. The most commonly used switch for indoors is a built-in switch, which is located in the wall and runs parallel with it. This way you avoid inequalities. The built-in switch is covered with a cap, the control knob. There are many different types of switches such as:
- The changeover switch; the most common from the list. With this, you can switch one lamp or one lamp group on or off.
- The cross switch; is ideal for a room with multiple entrances, so you can turn the light on and off from any entrance.
- The series switch; is perfect when you want to operate multiple lamps from one power point.
Connect lamp switch
When the flush-mounting box is in the wall, you always check whether it is flush with the wall. If not, make sure to add an extension ring. Otherwise, you will not be able to install the switch properly.
Strip the wires from the junction box until about 0.5 to 1 cm of copper wire is visible. The brown wire (phase wire) is connected to the terminal with an L or P on it. You connect the black wire opposite. We recommend that you read the manual carefully for two-way switching and cross switching, as it is a bit more complicated.
After connecting the wires, attach the switch to the flush-mounted box by loosely tightening the screws. Slide the flush mount switch back and forth so that it is level and then fully tighten the screws. Click the cover on the switch and test it!