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    can anyone help me with fitting this light switch....

    hello, anyone knowledgeable with fitting light switches, had a nightmare with one in particular.... its a upstairs hallway switch which controls the landing lights but also has another switch on it which controls the lights in a bedroom. I'm trying to buy a relacement switch but cant find out whch one i need its not a normal 2 gang 2 way switch!

    Its a retractive switch on one site with 2 x l1, l2 onnectors, and on the other is just a normal switch.... i cant seem to get a switch with both of them on the same switch and want to figure a way around it, on the otherside of the wall is single switch is also connected to another switch in the bedroom. I tried a 2 gange normal switch but cant get my head around that all the lights wont swith off or on from different positions, how can i get round it???

    this is the old switch
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    this is the 2 gang switch i tried to use earlier on...
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    At first glance i thought it said can anyone help me find the light switch :oops:

    Original Poster

    hmmm cant get any pics up... rubbish

    second link is not working

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    use

    imgur.com/

    for the images?

    you don't need to get a switch with both types on you can use a normal 2 gang 2 way and just wire it as a normal switch

    Original Poster

    jubbyme;8169318

    usehttp://imgur.com/for the images?




    thanks will try that..:-D

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    thesaint;8169340

    http://img85.imageshack.us/i/oldswitch.jpg/]



    thanks.... i'd be here all night:whistling:

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    wolf359;8169334

    you don't need to get a switch with both types on you can use a normal 2 … you don't need to get a switch with both types on you can use a normal 2 gang 2 way and just wire it as a normal switch



    yep

    :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    wolf359;8169334

    you don't need to get a switch with both types on you can use a normal 2 … you don't need to get a switch with both types on you can use a normal 2 gang 2 way and just wire it as a normal switch



    hi i spent a hour wiring up diffferent configurations and coudl get the lights to work but not all as they should, on the landing there is this switch and another upstairs and these work on and off, downstairs i have one controlling upstairs aswell as downstairs..

    I had the yellow in the COM and the blue in the L1 which controls the bedroom. the only ones i have left are a blue wth red sheath x 2, 3 red wires.... i even wrote down which wire goes where but i think i made a mistake on one of the red wires!!!!

    Use a normal 2 way and piggy back the live (ie use a bit of wire from live on first switch to live on second)

    Use one live to the 1st switch and then the bit of wire from the 1st to the 2nd to keep the circuit going.

    The red wires are live

    how many people does it take to change a lightbulb?:whistling:

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    insight101;8169688

    try this site seems to answer your questionthe other switch is called a … try this site seems to answer your questionthe other switch is called a intermediate switch. (3 way lighting switch in middle to cross wires) http://www.ultimatehandyman.co.uk/three_way_lighting.htmA replacement switch with both types http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/VLXDQ71S.html



    thanks that would have fitted the bill if the switches were white aswell this is the one i bought....
    decswitch.com/sho…tml

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    theres your problem

    your original switch is a two way , and one single swtich

    the new switch has 2 single switches

    notice - on your old switch 4 connectors on the left, 3 on the right

    new - 3 each side

    a double switch, with 2 - 2 way connectors will suit you fine, you dont have to have a switch with one of each, but you do need a 2 way switch

    Looking at the way the red wires have been half inserted I would get a qualified sparky in before you cause some serious damage.;-)

    Why pay a rip off sparky, its a simple job to work it out yourself.

    Original Poster

    thanks for all the replies, was going to try to sort it out myself this weekend but as i say i spent a good hour on it last saturday trying to work out different configurations. Do you think i could use some additional wire to bridge the one of the terminals. or have i misunderstood whats happening.

    Original Poster

    sorry nother question, ive seen on this site you can buy modules, so techincally i need to buy a module which a 2 way (think its classed as intermediate switch)

    something like this
    tlc-direct.co.uk/Pro…tml


    so i can leave the other switch module on it and replace the other one with something like this, probably would help if i could get a GET module..


    also stumbled over this, cant work out if this is correct...
    ultimatehandyman.co.uk/thr…htm

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    kjbenja;8170468

    Why pay a rip off sparky, its a simple job to work it out yourself.


    saves having to get the council out to certify the work. Not sure if this applies if you are changing a light switch.

    csiman;8198947

    saves having to get the council out to certify the work. Not sure if this … saves having to get the council out to certify the work. Not sure if this applies if you are changing a light switch.



    It doesn't.

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    thesaint;8198988

    It doesn't.


    does it apply if you change a ceiling light fitting?
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