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Hi, guys question I have if I was to install 3 touch control switches to control my 2 lights which switches would I need eg 1 gang 3 way or 1gang 4 way please advise. Thanks in advance.

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Depends what you want and what the switches can do.

I shall explain.

"Gang" refers to the number of "buttons" a switch has

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So the one above is a 1 gang switch

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And the one above is a 2 gang switch

and so it goes on.

"Way" means "the number of switches that control the same light" (Easiest way of explaining it)
So if you have just one switch controlling one light it will be a 1 gang 1 way switch
But if you had 2 switches controlling the same light(s) each switch would be 1 gang 2 way
(If you added more switches to control the same light they would be called intermediate, no matter how many you had)

That is how conventional on / off switches work / called. Electronic switches depend on what the maker of that switch decides. Most stick to the "number of ways" but some use the master / slave method, so as the name suggests you have one master switch and as many as you like slave switches all controlling the same light.

So you have to look at your desired switch maker and see what they offer, as it depends what they call theirs, and how you want to switch your lights, as to what you should buy.

As an aside, it makes no difference to the "name" if a switch operates one light, or ? lights, so long as they all come on at the same time.

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Do you want all switches to control both lights together - 1 gang 2 way, 1 Gang intermediate and a 1 gang 2 way

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Do you want 2 switches to control the 2 lights independently - 2 gang 2 way, 2 gang intermediate and a 2 gang 2 way

tbh it all depends on the setup you all ready have in place and the application eg. a hall way over 3 floors (town house type setup)


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Bob225 wrote:
Do you want all switches to control both lights together - 1 gang 2 way, 1 Gang intermediate and a 1 gang 2 way

or

Do you want 2 switches to control the 2 lights independently - 2 gang 2 way, 2 gang intermediate and a 2 gang 2 way

tbh it all depends on the setup you all ready have in place and the application eg. a hall way over 3 floors (town house type setup)


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Its hardly rock surgery

1st one is a single circuit 3 way switched

2nd one is a dual circuit 3 way switched

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I kinda thought the Op had like a hall and landing light and wanted 3 switch positioned to control them, say 1 at door one at bottom of stairs and one on landing, now I am confused by the above replies!!



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aeromech3 wrote:
I kinda thought the Op had like a hall and landing light and wanted 3 switch positioned to control them, say 1 at door one at bottom of stairs and one on landing, now I am confused by the above replies!!


yes, so did i, its a standard circuit - i should of said 3 location switching rather than 3 way

2 way switching

2 gang 2 way ---- 1 gang 2 way (traditional hall way)

or

2 gang 2 way ----- 2 gang 2 way (you can control all circuits from both locations)

3 way switching

2 gang 2 way ---- 2 gang intermediate ---- 1 gang 2 way (traditional hall way)

or

2 gang 2 way ----- 2 gang intermediate ---- 2 gang 2 way (you can control all circuits from all locations)


The op does state the application it could be a 30 foot lounge, it could be 1 circuit 2 lights and 3 switches, existing circuit or new


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Bob225 wrote:
Do you want all switches to control both lights together - 1 gang 2 way, 1 Gang intermediate and a 1 gang 2 way

or

Do you want 2 switches to control the 2 lights independently - 2 gang 2 way, 2 gang intermediate and a 2 gang 2 way

tbh it all depends on the setup you all ready have in place and the application eg. a hall way over 3 floors (town house type setup)


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Make sure there the 'no common' type

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aeromech3 wrote:
I kinda thought the Op had like a hall and landing light and wanted 3 switch positioned to control them, say 1 at door one at bottom of stairs and one on landing, now I am confused by the above replies!!
And that's correct cheers

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Depends what you want and what the switches can do.

I shall explain.

"Gang" refers to the number of "buttons" a switch has

Image
So the one above is a 1 gang switch

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And the one above is a 2 gang switch

and so it goes on.

"Way" means "the number of switches that control the same light" (Easiest way of explaining it)
So if you have just one switch controlling one light it will be a 1 gang 1 way switch
But if you had 2 switches controlling the same light(s) each switch would be 1 gang 2 way
(If you added more switches to control the same light they would be called intermediate, no matter how many you had)

That is how conventional on / off switches work / called. Electronic switches depend on what the maker of that switch decides. Most stick to the "number of ways" but some use the master / slave method, so as the name suggests you have one master switch and as many as you like slave switches all controlling the same light.

So you have to look at your desired switch maker and see what they offer, as it depends what they call theirs, and how you want to switch your lights, as to what you should buy.

As an aside, it makes no difference to the "name" if a switch operates one light, or ? lights, so long as they all come on at the same time.
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