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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:20 am 
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I recently purchased a smart switch to replace my current 2 gang switch and have come a little unstuck in a few places , for starters I need a deeper back box , I need some 3 core wire to wire in the netural and after that I'm a little lost how to move my current wiring over to the new switch.

As you can guess I'm rather new to this any help would be appreciated ImageImageImage

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I am sorry to say but in this instance with your lack of knowledge and I don't want to guess and have it go bang, I would suggest you get an electrician.

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:welcomeuhm: I know not about your particular "smart switch"

However you do have neutrals at the switch which is a bonus. You have L1 and L2 on your new "smart switch" which could mean that the new switch is a 2 way switch or could mean that it has the capability to switch more than one light (in old money a 2 gang switch) so a link to the switch please or at least the instructions that came with it.

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just saying (slightly tongue in cheek) Be easier to get a smart lightbulb and an Amazon echo and tell Alexa to turn the lamp on for you. (Guess what I have got :lol: )

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just saying (slightly tongue in cheek) Be easier to get a smart lightbulb and an Amazon echo and tell Alexa to turn the lamp on for you. (Guess what I have got :lol: )


I just don't get all this so called "smart" tech.

Why the f3ck do you need to switch the lights on/off/dim whilst sitting on your ever increasingly fat arse whilst ordering a humongous pizza from an "App" instead of getting off your fat arse and turning stuff up / down /on /off manually ???

And don't even get started on "Hive" :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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wine~o wrote:
:welcomeuhm: I know not about your particular "smart switch"

However you do have neutrals at the switch which is a bonus. You have L1 and L2 on your new "smart switch" which could mean that the new switch is a 2 way switch or could mean that it has the capability to switch more than one light (in old money a 2 gang switch) so a link to the switch please or at least the instructions that came with it.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B075B67Z1X/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1509040703&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=smart+switch&dpPl=1&dpID=41XTvxuIrUL&ref=plSrch


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just saying (slightly tongue in cheek) Be easier to get a smart lightbulb and an Amazon echo and tell Alexa to turn the lamp on for you. (Guess what I have got )
Have echo already so the smart switch was so they could incorporate each other didn't go the bulb route as the 2 light fittings have 5 bulbs each so it soon adds up

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just saying (slightly tongue in cheek) Be easier to get a smart lightbulb and an Amazon echo and tell Alexa to turn the lamp on for you. (Guess what I have got :lol: )


I just don't get all this so called "smart" tech.



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Pic of front would help just an asssumption you have single gang 2 way switch so blue would be neutral in n and brown would be live l and both switched live would be in l1

This is only an assumption send pic of front and instructions to confirm

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multiman wrote:
Pic of front would help just an asssumption you have single gang 2 way switch so blue would be neutral in n and brown would be live l and both switched live would be in l1

This is only an assumption send pic of front and instructions to confirm

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It's a double switch as there are 2 lights in the front room Im thinking the L1s on the old are switch lives to complete the circuit and the coms in the old are the permeant lives in ?ImageImage

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The dimmer switch you have is one way, so both comm would go into live marked as l, and both l1 will go into l1 unless l2 is a switch without a link or product code I can't offer much more advice without seeing those or Instructions.

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The wiring will be as per this pic..

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as you need a deeper back box mark all the wires before starting; Lecky off should go without saying.

All earths stay connected as is and the brown jumper wire can be kept in your toolbox... you never know when it'll come in handy.

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I am not sure if l2 is a 2 way switch or a secondary live the worst that can happen is when light is turned on may be on the way to confirm and test is wire a plug with 3a fuse and flex connect to live and neutral and test l1 and l2 with multimeter while switching on and off to confirm

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I am not sure if l2 is a 2 way switch or a secondary live the worst that can happen is when light is turned on may be on the way to confirm and test is wire a plug with 3a fuse and flex connect to live and neutral and test l1 and l2 with multimeter while switching on and off to confirm


The blurb on the Amazon link says it's a 2 gang not a 2 way. Anyway even if it turns out to be a 2 way switch then the worst that can happen is that it'll only switch one light then the other... :wink:

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