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Spotlight on an Electrician

Rochel Burstyn

Step inside Home Depot in Southfield, Michigan, and head for the lighting department. Here comes electrician Rick Sikora who’ll shed some light on his work.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

What’s happening behind the scenes when we flick on and off a light switch? There are two screws attached to the switch; one’s a live wire and the other delivers the power to light. When we hit the light switch, we’re breaking the hot wire (that’s the one that delivers the power) from the fuse power. Essentially, all we’re doing is making a connection; like if we were holding two fingers apart and then allowing them to touch. When they touch, that connection allows power to go through and the light turns on. 

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