Changing from double switch to single

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  1. jc88

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    Hello...

    I'm in the process of trying to change a double switch, controlling ceiling and wall lights separately into a single switch so that they all turn on together.
    Although I'm having problems lol...

    The wiring consists of...
    A 3 core wire (red, black and earth)
    And a single wire (red)
    And a loop wire (red) (I'm assuming this is what it is called, it is literally about an inch long going from one terminal to the other!

    It was wired...
    3 core red into common,
    3 core neutral into 3 (directly below the above)
    The loop from common to common
    Single wire into 2 (directly above looped wire)

    How does this wire into a single switch with L1L1L2L2?

    Do I have the wrong type of switch?

    Please help!
     
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    Yeah thank you, I realised that I was actually just being dumb and that it was pretty simple...amazing what a cup of coffee can do!

    Thank you!
     
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    Yeah, so cablewise you have peice of twin and earth an incoming live feed (red) and a switch wire (black) returning to the first light.
    Then a second switch wire (red single) to the other light, taking its live feed from the T+E.

    I find this sort of job a two stage process.
    - Work out what you have and how it currently works.
    - Work out what you want and how you are goign to do that with what you have.

    The new switch you have appears to be a double pole single way switch, and is infact actaully two 2terminal on-off switchs side by side. The old switch being a pair of single pole switches which may well have a two way (three terminal) switchs.

    Edited to add image

    Daniel
     
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    Not an intermediate? ;)
     
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