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    Powering smart "switch" from existing switch.

    Hi! The store I am buying my smart switches from claims that I can do a false 2nd gang switch by without needing extra wiring to a light, but just tapping into power from the existing light switch. I was wondering if anyone knew how I would go about wiring this. I have made a diagram to explain...
  2. R

    Light Switch not fitting flush to wall (Screwed plate)

    Evening! I've recently run into an issue with LAP 10AX brushed stainless steel light switches I'm fitting at home (with the help of my old retired sparky dad). Despite having a flat profile, they aren't sitting flush against the wall. Strangely, they seem to be bowing a bit. I've attached a...
  3. Jtdyson

    Old 2 Gang Light Switch Wiring

    Hi I have this lighting socket but it has no markings, does anyone have any idea what is L1,L2 and Com Many thanks J
  4. JLCSerious

    Light switch on new steel, fire approval

    Hi guys, I hope everyone is well :) Hopefully a quick question, I’ve had a wall removed and steel goal posts installed and now want to fit a light switch in the plasterboard that’ll be covering one of the vertical steels, will this be signed off by building control? Just thinking it may impact...
  5. A

    Best sockets and switches to use

    Got an extension about to start in the new year, so looking at getting new sockets and light switches in the extension and replacing the existing ones to match. Been told to avoid cheap stuff like LAP, but equally stuff like Hamilton are expensive. Not fussed about having integrated usb, some...
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    Help to fix schoolboy joinery rubbish by kitchen fitters

    Hi My tiny kitchen in a 1 bed flat is in its 5th week of installation - (supposed to be 2 weeks) and while there's just flooring, touching up and an external vent to go in... they promised me an "excellent finish "and showed me pictures of their previous jobs that looked nice... this was the...
  7. K

    Simple light switch (France)

    Hi folks, need some advice. I have a lamp I wish to control by a simple light switch. At the moment, I have to plug it into a socket and pull the plug out to switch it off, which is a bit of a pain as the socket is quite low and in a difficult to reach place. As it’s a lamp I want to keep always...
  8. Oliver Dawson

    Ceiling light tripping when turn off

    Hi I recently fitted a new light fitting on the ceiling of a downstairs bathroom now every time I'm the light is turned off it trips out the lights. From what I understand I've why did it wrong so that the switch is back to front ie off is on / on is off. But I don't understand how to correct it...
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    Advice on replacing old light switch (2 way)

    Hi everyone I am updating the light switches and wall sockets in my house but I'm unsure how to go about replacing an existing light switch. Existing wiring (I've added in L1 and L2 in green as the labelling is not visible from the angle I took the photo). There are 2 switches, one to turn...
  10. Louisewright1987

    Help changing a light switch

    I am trying to wire a new light switch. My old switch had load one , common red , L1 brown and L2 white. The second load has common red and L1 blue. The new switch has loan one as L1^1, L1 and L2 , and the second load as L2^1 , L2 and L2^2 can someone help me with where the wires need to go now
  11. OwainOW

    3 Way Light Switch turning one light on and another off from same switch.

    Hi All, I installed a new 3 way switch and intially had it working on all 3 switches after just doing a switch by switch cross over of the cables. I then snapped a screw in the backing box which meant draggging all the wires out. Although I tried to group them I have been unable to rewire...
  12. R

    Light switches don’t look right

    I just unscrewed a few metal faced light switches to paint some walls (after turning off the circuit) and it looks like some wires have come loose, even though I was pretty gentle. The first pic, there is a brown cable near the bottom of the switch, and the second pic there is a loose brown and...
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    2-Way Time Delay Switch Replacement

    Hi, I'm looking to replace a 2-way light switch for a 2-way delay light switch. I have replaced one already for a pneumatic time delay switch, but the second switch I bought has different wiring which I'm unsure about. Can anyone advise on how to rewire it correctly?
  14. SMF

    Puzzled.. Wiring a touch light from old switch

    Puzzled.. I am trying to replace an old 2 gang 1 way switch (see below how is wired) to a new 2 gang 1 way touch light switch (2nd picture), however I'm confused by the wires. Although a total novice, Im guessing the one were there is 2 res wres attached, is power and is being looped over to...
  15. Pkpk

    Double switch to single switch help please

    Hi all I’d be grateful for your advice. I currently have two wall lights controlled by a double dimmer switch. It is buzzing so I want to replace it. I’d like to replace it with a single switch that controls both lights but as a result the wiring doesn’t appear to be a straight swap when I look...
  16. S

    Replacing a light switch

    Hello all, I am sure I am not first person to ask this on this forum... But can't find a post that matches my requirements I am looking to replace a double switch in a 1970s house but the wiring is a little confusing. Normally, I would replace like-for-like but the old switch doesn't have the...
  17. J

    Replacing 2 gang 1 way light switch

    Hello, I just wanted to check if my understand of the wiring is correct before I go on with the replacement of the switch. This is my current witch wiring: And this is the switch I will be replacing it with: If I got this right the wiring should look like this?: Thank you :)
  18. S

    Changing a light switch

    The plastic switch component on my tennants bathroom light switch has come off. I went to change the switch and found a lot more wires behind than I was expecting. Bit of a novice with this sort of thing but felt confident after watching a video on YouTube. Was just expecting a one way switch...
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    Replacing 2-gang 1-way light switch with dimmer switch

    I'm trying to replace a 2-gang 1-way light switch with a dimmer switch. I've never replaced a switch before, hoped it would be straight-forward but I can't figure out the correct terminals to use for a 2 gang switch, all diagrams just show a 1 gang switch. If someone could let me know which...
  20. robodelfy

    Replaced double light switch...confused!

    Hi, I replaced an old double light switch, one switch does my porch light, the other should do my lounge lights. It was an old switch with L1 L2 and L3. I followed these instructions when changing it : L1 . . . . COM L2 . . . . L1 L3 . . . . L2 And it doesn't work. I have posted a photo, any...