Unusual lighting circuit - adding wall lights

15 Jan 2007
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Currently I have a one gang switch and a ceiling light in my dining room.

I wish to add wall lights and install a 2 gang switch to control ceiling and wall lights independently.

When I have investigated the wiring to take a link from the ceiling rose, I found the ceiling light is chocolate blocked a cable that runs to the light switch.
At the light switch, there a 3 cables. One to the ceiling light, and I’m guessing, one from the consumer unit and one going to the next room.

Can I add a 2 gang socket, take a live feed from the mains to the 2nd switch and run the wall lights from the switch?

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As long as there are neutrals at this switch - which it sounds like from your description (they will be in a block seperate to the switch), you can do as you say.

The easiest way to do it will be to re-wire one of the new switches like the old one, then take a link from the terminal with 2 cores in (this will be perm. live) to the other switch's COM. Then connect your light's live to L1 of the second switch. Bobs your uncle. ;) Oh, and neutral goes with the other neutrals.
Thanks Very much!

That's exactly how I hoped to do it.


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