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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Electricity.

In this Badge Bit, you will install a light switch.



Some related articles
  - 3 Types of Light Switch Wiring
  - Installing or Replacing a Light Switch
  - How to Wire a Light Switch
  - How to Wire and Install Single Pole Switches







To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - install a light switch

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a before picture where no light switch existed before
   - a picture during the light switch installation
   - an after picture action shot of the light switch working
   - OR post a 2 minute video of you installing the light switch and it working
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Bring light into a the storage shed meant adding a switch to control the overhead light.
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no switch
no switch
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wired
wired
light-working.jpg
light working
light working
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete!

 
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I installed a light switch for a flood light on the back of the house today.  The wall was finished so I ran the wires down under the trim by the door and fished the through the insulation to a hole I cut in the tongue and groove paneling.  And it works!
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No switch :(
No switch :(
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Switch roughed in
Switch roughed in
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Wires tucked in a bit (not ideal)
Wires tucked in a bit (not ideal)
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Switch off
Switch off
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Switch on (light shining on the snow pile)
Switch on (light shining on the snow pile)
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I certify this BB is complete.

 
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Here is my BB attempt:

Before:


Getting Ready:


Half way:


Installed (with three way switch ready to install next beside):




Proof it works (3 way switch beside also installed now):
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete!

 
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Here is my submission for Electricity - Sand - Install a Light Switch.

To document the completion of the BB, I provide the following:
1  - a before picture where no light switch existed before
2  - a picture during the light switch installation
3  - an (almost) after picture action shot of the light switch working (still need to put switches in the box and put the cover on)
4  - a truly after picture with the light switch box closed up
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No Switches - this box provides power to three lights - one is outside and does not have a switch
No Switches - this box provides power to three lights - one is outside and does not have a switch
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In progress - the lower black wires have adaptors on them so they both fit on the pole (providing power to the other switch)
In progress - the lower black wires have adaptors on them so they both fit on the pole (providing power to the other switch)
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All wired up - testing the circuit before closing the box
All wired up - testing the circuit before closing the box
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Finished with front door for location reference
Finished with front door for location reference
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete, along with your new air badge!

 
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Installed a new light on the deck today. It required a new light switch. I needed to grab a wire from a nearby plug.
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Plug i grabbed the wire from for the new switch
Plug i grabbed the wire from for the new switch
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Making sure the power is off.
Making sure the power is off.
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Adding wires to the outlet
Adding wires to the outlet
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Adding wires to the plug
Adding wires to the plug
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New switch being wired
New switch being wired
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New switched wired up.
New switched wired up.
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New light switch location
New light switch location
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Light on!
Light on!
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Mike Barkley approved this submission.
Note: Certified. I suggest changing a couple of the wire directions on the screws though. Orient them so that the wire loop gets tighter as the screws are tightened.

 
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I submit this for consideration.  It's not technically a "light" switch in that it's actually a new switch I installed to turn on an exhaust system.  However, I'm hoping it can be accepted as it's the same equipment, just not switching a light.  Because it's not a light though I'll have to link to a short video to offer evidence that it worked.  You can hear the exhaust turn on and off in the video.

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Here is the new box with no switch existing.
Here is the new box with no switch existing.
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Starting to wire up the switch.
Starting to wire up the switch.
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Completing the wiring.
Completing the wiring.
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Getting the switch mounted in the box.
Getting the switch mounted in the box.
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Finished up with the switch plate cover.
Finished up with the switch plate cover.
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jordan barton approved this submission.

 
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