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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:49 am 
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Hi, I have 3 switches I need help with please.

2 switches operate the corridor lights (same floor).
1 is the bathroom light.

I have attached pictures of all the wires in a Word doc so can someone tell me what type of switches (e.g. intermediate) are needed and the how to wire them in in really easy terms please?

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What happened to the previous switches?

You want
2 x 1 gang 2 way switch
1 x 2 gang 2 way switch

Your choice of what the switches look like, but if you get metal switches the "eart" (as your pictures call it) must go to the small terminal mounted on the back of the metal part of the switch, just like

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I am trying to find a wiring diagram, but for now I would say:

Bathroom switch

Use 1 x 2 gang 2 way switch (it will have 2 x C (common) 2 x L1 & 2 x L2)

Left red, in C
Left black, in L1


Right red in other C
Right black in other L1

Nothing in either L2
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RHS corridor switch

Use 1 x 1 gang 2 way switch

Red in L1
Blue in L2
Yellow in C

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LHS corridor switch

Use 1 x 1 gang 2 way switch


Red in L1
Blue in L2
Yellow in C

Yes, the same as the other end.

(This leaves one black wire (with red sleeving) and one red wire.

The black with red sleeving goes in the same terminal as the blue.
The red goes in the same terminal as the red that you did first.

This all assumes that you have in your pictures, "bunched the wires to show which ones come from which cable"
and you also connect the earths as described or if not metal switches in a single connector strip terminal (Where you have 2 earths, BOTH go in the same connector strip terminal.)

I take no responsibility for what you actually do, and take all precautions.

:director: TIP. NEXT time, mark the cables and take a couple of pictures first.



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Amazing. Looks like exactly what I need. 1 question though. The switches in B&Q don't have a common terminal labelled. They just have L numbers. What number should be the common? Thanks.


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if they say l1/l2/l3 then l1 is normally the common.
if it says l1/l2/ ~ then ~ is normally common



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Sorry, think I need to start again with what wires go where.
The 1 gang 2 way switch (corridor) has L1, L2 & L3 terminals.
The 2 gang 2 way switch (bathroom) has 2x L1, L2 & L3 terminals.
Please help my girlfriend is going mental there is no bathroom light!


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lightfool wrote:
Sorry, think I need to start again with what wires go where.
The 1 gang 2 way switch (corridor) has L1, L2 & L3 terminals.
The 2 gang 2 way switch (bathroom) has 2x L1, L2 & L3 terminals.
Please help my girlfriend is going mental there is no bathroom light!



Sorry, I'm not going to click on your link...just post up pics of the switch wiring (There is a how to at the top"Sticky" of each forum)

I'm sure it will be so simple it's untrue...

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Sorry, don't have a web server to post images. Can you open the Word doc? or I can send the images to an email address?


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You dont need a webserver, you just upload them form your pc.

But if you follow the info I gave, along with what Rich-Ando posted, it will work


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This is what doesn't make sense to me.....you said Left red, in C Left black, in L1 then Rich said L1 was C.

Can you do what you did previously but just use L1-L3 with no mention of C? I tried following both of you but the bathroom light blows the fuse everytime.


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lightfool wrote:
Amazing. Looks like exactly what I need. 1 question though. The switches in B&Q don't have a common terminal labelled. They just have L numbers. What number should be the common? Thanks.


you were the one that said they just have "L" numbers hence me saying what i did and if you did that it would have worked.

as we have asked for, please post the pictures, it is really simple, this site hosts them so just add a picture.



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I don't have the administrative rights. Have you not got MS Word or I can email images?


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lightfool wrote:
I don't have the administrative rights. Have you not got MS Word or I can email images?


what are you talking about, at the bottom of a post click "browse" near add a file, get it off your pc and then it uploads it here, it is so easy it's unreal :scratch:



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LHS Corridor
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RHS Corridor
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Bathroom
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Got there in the end. Thanks.

I have 2 x 1 gang 2 way switch & 1 x 2 gang 2 way switch and the connectors are all labelled L1 - L3. No C's.


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right, now i have edited your posts and put the pictures and text into one (you add all files to one post not keep individual ones) we can finally see what you have got.

i have looked at your bathroom switch which doesn't make sense in the traditional fashion. that made me go back and re-read what you have put. then i noticed you said "it keeps blowing the fuse when you do what we both said". obviously we were giving your different advise because you were telling us different things.

Switches DO NOT cause fuses to blow, INCORRECT information does or a lack of it should i say.

when you have a problem, you must make 100% sure you tell us

a) the correct information
b) post the correctly labelled pictures, one of them says a red wire when it is a black so i am now assuming something else
c) tell us all of the information - if i am correct in what i am thinking, you have left out a major piece of information

the 2-way switches are really easy to do but i'm not going to tell you that until you answer the next question about the bathroom switch.

what did you remove from the bathroom switch EXACTLY?

1) a switch with 2 terminals on it AND a connector block on the black wires?
2) a switch with 4 terminals on it?
3) something else
4) have you done anything else apart from these switches

answer that lot properly and we will try again. i am 99% certain i know what you have done but with electrical problems you need to be precise with your info.


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You're right that the black is labelled red. My bad.
I can't remember exactly what was there before except the blacks were not in a block. The earths were.
I have done the bedroom and lounge switches with no problems.


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