To change a light switch, follow these steps:

  1. Use CircuitIQ app to quickly identify breaker powering lights in room you would like to work in.
  2. Turn off the power to the light switch at the main circuit breaker box. Mark the breaker switch with tape to ensure no one else turns it back on while you’re working. Confirm that you’ve turned off power to the correct light switch by flipping the wall switch on and off.

  3. Remove the old wall plate by unscrewing it. Use a utility knife to score around it and loosen it if it has been painted over.

  4. Before continuing any further, check again to make sure that the power is off to the switch by using a circuit tester. Make sure the old wires are in good condition and that you understand their configuration. If you’re unsure how the wires are marked, call an electrician.

  5. Disconnect the old switch by removing the screws. Carefully remove the switch and attached wires. There are three types of wires that run to most switches: black wires that go to black or brass screws, copper or green ground wires attached to green or copper screws and neutral white wires. Unscrew all wires. If the wires are attached using push-in connectors, use a screwdriver to release them.

  6. Attach the new wires to the new switch in the same configuration as you removed them. Make sure the new wall plate fits and that the switch is oriented so that it's downward in the off position. Replace any wire connectors if needed.

  7. Screw the new switch back into the switch box. Before replacing the wall plate, flip the breaker box switch back on to make sure everything works. If it does, turn the breaker box switch off again and attach the plate. Turn the breaker box back on a final time and you’re ready to use your new switch.

Pains of Operating a Legacy Building's Electrical System

As a facility manager, you know the pains of operating a legacy building all too well. From outdated electrical systems to the constant guesswork of figuring out where each device is powered from, it can be a never-ending task to keep your facility running smoothly.

But what if there was a solution that could revolutionize the way you handle your legacy building's electrical system?

Enter Circuit IQ, the revolutionary electrical panel mapping service that is changing the way electricians handle circuit mapping in large scale facilities.

With Circuit IQ, you'll be able to accurately assess and label your electrical system, eliminating the guesswork and improving the efficiency of your facility. Plus, with free access to store, edit, share, and review your digital circuit directories, you'll have all the information you need at your fingertips.

But the benefits of Circuit IQ don't stop there. By ensuring that your electrical system is up to date and efficient, you'll be able to reduce the number of electrical contractor visits and save money in the long run. Plus, with the ability to identify and fix any existing electrical issues, you'll be able to unlock hidden revenue opportunities and improve the safety of your facility.

But don't just take our word for it. Request a demo of Circuit IQ and see for yourself how this game-changing service can benefit your legacy building. Don't waste any more time and money on outdated and inefficient electrical systems. Make the switch to Circuit IQ and experience the relief it can bring to your facility.

What is the difference in commercial, residential, and industrial electricians?

Electricians specialize in installing, maintaining, and repairing electrical systems in a variety of settings. These professionals are trained to use different wiring techniques and materials based on the specific needs of their work environment. It's important to hire the right type of electrician to ensure that the job is done safely and correctly.

Residential electricians work in homes and use single phase power supplies with voltages ranging from 120-240. They install romex cables and use sheathed insulation to protect the wiring and minimize the risk of electrical shock to homeowners.

Commercial electricians work in stores and offices and install power outlets and lighting. They use a three-phase power system, which allows for a lighter overall workload. The wiring done by commercial electricians is usually exposed and runs along the sides of ceilings and walls.

Industrial electricians work in factories, chemical plants, and mines, and also use a three-phase power set up. They are similar to commercial electricians, but work in more industrial settings. No matter what type of electrician you are, CircuitIQ will work for you! 100% accuracy at any distance: