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Wiring - replace electronic dimmer with switch

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by GavinR, 2 Jan 2020.

  1. GavinR

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    Morning, happy new year. My electronic dimmers are not rated for LED bulbs so I bought a switch to replace it, and figure could then replace the halogen bulb (with transformer of course). In the dimmer there are 2 brown wires going into L and and 1 brown wire going into a curvy cross which the Schneider manual says is switch live. The regular switch I bought has 3 options: 1 way, 2 way, and COM. Can anyone translate please? There is only 1 switch to the light so I ignore 2 way I think. thanks!
     
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    Gavin
    Keep the 'two wires' together, do not separate these.

    The 'two wires' into COM and the other 'one wire' into '1'.
    If the switch is then upside down (some prefer button to be pressed in at top when light of off), then:
    Leave the wires in COM and move the other wire from '1' into '2'.

    (note that if wire length is an issue you can instead put the 'one wire' into COM and the other 'two wires' into '1'.)

    As an explanation, COM is the fixed point for the switch mechanism and does not change. When you move the switch the internal metal (fixed to Com) then moves between '1' and '2'.
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    SFK
     
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    Hi SFK, I did that and worked perfectly first time! Learned something new also..many thanks and happy new year :)
     
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    My pleasure.
    Happy new year, SFK
     
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