!!!!! HELP!!!!!! Convert 1 way switch to 2 way switch

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by AndrewL, 22 Feb 2007.

This topic originated from the How to page called Replacing a one way light switch with a two way light switch.

  1. AndrewL

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    Hi,

    I have a light switch in my living room when truned on it turns on both lights.

    I want to put a 2 way switch so each light can work independantly...

    There seems to be 2 red wires going into one opening and one black wire which goes into the other.

    Anyway idea how I can change this into a two swtich?

    Anyway help and advice would be appericated........ :D

    Andy
     
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    You can hope that the black is the incoming live and it should have red/brown sleeving on it, and if it is then loop this between each 'com' terminal and then move the two reds each to l1

    However I suspect Black is in L1 and the others are the Live in and out..

    If that is the case then I'd just live with it.
     
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    can i point out that what you want to do is 2 GANG, from 1 GANG, not 2 WAY from 1WAY..

    2 WAY is one switch somewhere and another somewhere else that both turn on the same light ( or group of lights )
     
  5. AndrewL

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    Hi ColJack,

    Yes, sorry what I mean is I want to change to a 2 GANG from a 1 GANG....

    Cheers
     
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    As the others have implied, you may find that the two reds are live in & out, with only one switchwire (the black). In which case, to switch them independently, you need to run another wire from one of the fittings down to the switch.
     
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