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Unread 12 Nov 19, 04:55 PM  
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Any Electricians? Light Switch Advice

I want to replace old fashioned light switches in my house. In our hall we have a double light switch downstairs that controls the lights upstairs and downstairs, then upstairs we have a single switch each end of our hall that controls the upstairs lights. I am confused what switch we need. Would it be a 2 gang 2 way and 2 x 1 gang 2 ways switches? Or a 1 gang intermediate switch? Grateful for any advise
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Unread 12 Nov 19, 05:21 PM  
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Unread 12 Nov 19, 06:02 PM  
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For downstairs you require a 2 gang 2 way switch. A two way switch can be wired as a one way switch (but a one way switch can't be wired as a 2 way switch).

If both one gang switches upstairs operate the one light on the landing along with the downstairs switch (so 3 switches control one light) then 2 switches are 2 way and the other is an intermediate switch.

I never recommend people do this themselves for the main reason being they could potentially electrocute themeselves (or other others), and often they will mess the lights up. I would usually charge one hour's labour to do this (plus the cost of the switches if the customer doesn't supply them).

In some switches they will be 5 wires (plus an earth), and it can be easy to incorrectly wire them (I get lots of job where customers often do).
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For downstairs you require a 2 gang 2 way switch. A two way switch can be wired as a one way switch (but a one way switch can't be wired as a 2 way switch).

If both one gang switches upstairs operate the one light on the landing along with the downstairs switch (so 3 switches control one light) then 2 switches are 2 way and the other is an intermediate switch.

I never recommend people do this themselves for the main reason being they could potentially electrocute themeselves (or other others), and often they will mess the lights up. I would usually charge one hour's labour to do this (plus the cost of the switches if the customer doesn't supply them).

In some switches they will be 5 wires (plus an earth), and it can be easy to incorrectly wire them (I get lots of job where customers often do).
Thank you so much, the switches are what I thought we needed. I will ask the electrician to fit them then, but at least I can get an idea of what we need
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Originally Posted by mickey house View Post
For downstairs you require a 2 gang 2 way switch. A two way switch can be wired as a one way switch (but a one way switch can't be wired as a 2 way switch).

If both one gang switches upstairs operate the one light on the landing along with the downstairs switch (so 3 switches control one light) then 2 switches are 2 way and the other is an intermediate switch.

I never recommend people do this themselves for the main reason being they could potentially electrocute themeselves (or other others), and often they will mess the lights up. I would usually charge one hour's labour to do this (plus the cost of the switches if the customer doesn't supply them).

In some switches they will be 5 wires (plus an earth), and it can be easy to incorrectly wire them (I get lots of job where customers often do).
Yeah you normally get the call on a weekend when diy man/woman takes down a light fitting but can't get the lights back working due to mixing up SW and feeds😆
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I thought in the UK it was only the neutral that fed the switches to avoid being electrocuted. I enjoyed doing the multiple switches when working as a spark.
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I thought in the UK it was only the neutral that fed the switches to avoid being electrocuted. I enjoyed doing the multiple switches when working as a spark.
No it's always the line conductor. Contrary to what many think, the neutral conductor is also a 'live' conductor.
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