Wiring switches, is this ok?

4 Jun 2004
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United Kingdom
New house. New electrics!

I took the switch plate off the backbox by the front door to have a look at the wiring.

Is this wiring normal and ok?

Double light switch plate. Left switch for outside lantern, right switch is a 2way controlling the hall lights.

Firstly, the two cables had their blue wires joined together with a piece of uncovered connector strip.

Secondly, the common on the first switch was hooked via a small wire into L1 on the second switch.

Is that normal?

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Depends on what you consider 'normal'. There are a number of ways of wiring lighting circuits. What you describe is not unusual and doesn't sound problematic. Sounds like it was wired by the chippies though ! :LOL:
Uncovered connector strip sounds worrying.

Do you mean a transparrent PVC covered terminal block??
Yes, that's the type of connector block used.

By the way, I ran my doorbell wire through this backbox to hide the wire away. Is that against any regs?

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The connector block is fine.

Your doorbell would be ok if you used mains rated cable (bet you didn't!)

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