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External light switch

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by Rekusu, 17 Jan 2020.

  1. Rekusu

    Rekusu

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    What ho one and all,

    When the house was built, I put four external lights (one either side of the garage door and a pair on the side alley) all activated by a PIR beside the garage.

    There is a switch inside the garage that switches the light from PIR activated to all on. Unfortunately, SWMBO has planted a bush near the PIR that in the stormy winds, waves around and results in all lights being on most of the night while in PIR mode.

    I also have PIR lights beside the front door and the PIR has three modes, operated by the switch; PIR / on / off.

    Although difficult to see from the attached photo, would it be possible to alter the wiring within the switch so that I can have the PIR / on / off functions? Or is the issue that the PIR itself does not offer that function?

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    Thanks and toodle pip
     
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  3. AndyPRK

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    You probably want a 2
    Gang switch.

    1 to switch the 2 top wires
    1 to do existing wires and function (override)
     
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    This works with two switches. One overides OFF and the other overides ON.

    pir overide.jpg
     
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    Much easier to move the plant. I don’t have a SWMBO, I have a wife and when silly things like this happen I insist they are reversed after explaining and demonstrating why.
     
  6. Rekusu

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    Thanks for the switching options. Just wondering if it is possible before getting an electrician along to do the work.

    The plant was small when initially planted but is doing what plants do.

    Moving the PIR is a possibility but the only local would be in the middle of the beam above the garage door, and that has a steel beam behind it. Not having an off option was in retrospect, rather silly!
     
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    A 2-way centre off switch is a better way.
     
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