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    Two light switches have fallen off (plastic broke), do I need to call an electrician or is it a simple fix? (I'm DIY)

    Two light switch buttons have fallen off of the switches. If I place the switch back in place, I can switch the light on and off, and I can see where the plastic on the button has broken. Is this something I can simply replace by buying a replacement button, and clicking it in place, or should I...
  2. A

    UK Connecting up 2 light switches

    Is it possible to get rid of one light switch and extend the wiring into another so that this one controls all the lights? I’m knocking 2 rooms into one in my loft. Any advice would be very much appreciated.
  3. C

    UK Changing plastic light switches to metal

    Hello! Complete novice here. I'm changing a plastic light switch to a metal one. There's a metal back box. I intend to run the earth cable from the wall into the back of the light switch faceplate. Then run another earth cable from the faceplate to the back box. Is it as simple as screwing in...
  4. P

    2 double switches for 2 hallway lights

    I've got 2 double switches to wire for 2 hallway lights. Each switch has cable connecting to one light then cable between the 2 backboxes, which says strap on it. How do I wire the double switches so they can turn each light on and off?
  5. A

    Has someone some exploded views of the N20, N40 and N80 rotary cam switches from Telux (Benedict & Jäger)? Where could I found them?

    Greetings! I'm looking some exploded views of the N20, N40 and N80 rotary cam switches from Telux (Benedict & Jäger). Some of my customers tried to repair their switches and there are some parts missing, so I'm looking for part numbers and their exploded view. If you can share the information or...
  6. S

    Possible cause for light switches no longer turning on after smart dimmer install?

    I installed a smart dimmer switch in my dining room, which worked fine. The next day, I installed the same type of switch in my kitchen. Not only did it not power on, I noticed that the light switch in the dining room no longer turns on, and that the light switch in my foyer no longer works...
  7. S

    2 switches into 1

    I have 2 single light switches I want to put into a double switch. At present there is a one way one gang switch a two way one gang switch I want in the double switch the same Please see the pictures for more details. Im from the UK but this setup is in france so a bit confused and all...
  8. Pete999

    Old style switches etc

    Anyone getting involved in using retro style lighting switches, the ones fitted on wooden boxes, or blocks, if so are the boxes/blocks pre drilled or is this something you have to do yourselves? just wondering, nothing to do on a Friday Afternoon.
  9. M

    Antique Electrical Sockets, Switches, Joint boxes fuses boxes

    Good afternoon As my username implies I'm a mad collecter I collect vintage electric items such as Sockets, Switches, joint boxes and fuseboxes, especially from the 1930s and 1940s Please could any electrician help me Instead of throwing them into a skip, please could you throw them in my...
  10. T

    UK 2 way light switches

    I have an upstairs hall light can be switched on/off from both upstairs switch and downstairs switch.....the downstairs light can only be switched on/off from the downstairs switch....the upstairs switch does nothing. When I look inside the upstair switch it's not connected....I have a diagram...
  11. D

    Replacing Strangely Wired Light Switches

    I attempted to replace three single pole light switches today, in a triple box. I’ve never seen switches wired like this before and I’m wondering if it’s safe. (I also have no idea how this could possibly work, but it’s been this way for 14 years, so it must). They had a single ground wire that...
  12. Baddegg

    Kinetic switches

    Doing some work on a 17th century house and need to put some switches in for recessed downlights, can’t get switch drops due to original panelling etc, can anyone recommend some wireless kinetic switches?
  13. D

    2 Way switching & intermediate, old to new switches

    The house renovation is almost done but some of the original 1980's switched have remained and I wanted to swap them out for the MK ones in the new parts of the house. Simple job eh? So I bought some 2 way switches for the hall (4 switches control the same set of lights); for the snug (2...
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    UK Kitchen appliances & sockets, switches, isolation etc.

    Hi, First post so go easy on me. Looking for some advice on kitchen appliances (washing machine, dishwasher and fridge/freezer) because I have to move some of them in a kitchen redesign happening soon. At the moment, I have above bench fused switches for each appliance, then below bench...
  15. eleclio

    Would this be acceptible for emergency lighting test switches

    Hi Just made up this drawing of a way to wire and test emergency lighting and keep the non-emergency lighting lit. Has others wired it this way and would it be 18th edition compatible? I've attached the drawing
  16. C

    converting 2 lights and switches to two way

    Hi, i have a kitchen to fit and the customer has asked me to fit 11 downlights. it must have been a kitchen then dining room in the past as they currently they have a one way switch at either door which controls seperate pendant lights. im not to good on two way lighting so wondering if anyone...
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    Kinetic Wireless Dimmer Switches

    I have used the kinetic wireless on/off switches and I've been pleased with the results. A customer requires a kinetic dimmer switch, and I'm unsure how a dimmer switch would work being there is no power going to it. I get the principle of the standard on/off switch, but I can't work out how...
  18. B

    Correct switches for 2 way pendant + bedside lamp circuits?

    Hi. First post here. Background I have a relative who is an electrician and is about to re-wire our home as a favour. I said that I will order and pay for all of the parts - so that they are here in on-site when he arrives to begin work. I have already ordered a Hager consumer unit; the 10...
  19. The_apprentice2.0

    Best RF switches?? Help please? :)

    Hi all, hope everyone's making the most of the festive period!! 🍻 Got a job where the client has requested a radio frequency switch, as always they have just had entire room plastered, then decided they want an extra light. And they do not want any damage done to the walls at all ( I know...
  20. D

    USA Combining two sets of 3 way switches

    Greetings - I am seeking guidance on consolidating two sets of 3 way switches (4 switches) that control two separate lights. The builder/homeowner decided to install a switch at the top of the stairway and midway that controls a light at the top of the stairs. There's also a switch at the bottom...
  21. T

    Grid switches for kitchen appliances

    Evening all Just pricing a new build and they want a 4gang grid for the kitchen appliances. Am I correct in saying that if the switches are kept on the ring main and if I spur off each switch for an appliance and use an unswitched fuse spur unit behind each appliance that would be ok? It’s the...
  22. P

    RCD tripping when E7 switches on

    Firstly i'll point out that i'm the property owner and the installer of the majority of the electrical fittings in the building, including Main & E7 DB's. now the history lesson... sorry, but it is relevant property is 230 years old, I have owned it for 42 years. it was semi derelict at...
  23. B

    Spacing between clusters of sockets and switches

    Evening, is there a standard gap to put between clusters of sockets and light switches? Eg if you have a couple of double sockets, a tv socket and a lamp socket grouped together, how much of a gap would you put between them. Also if you had few light switches grouped together what sort of gap...
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    Shaver sockets and (unnecessary (?) isolation switches)

    Hi all, just a simple one, when fitting shaver sockets, (on lighting circuit) do you connect them via a switched fused spur, and if so why? (assuming mi's dont ask for one)
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    Energize a contactor/relay from multiple toggle (not momentary) switches?

    Is it possible to energize a contactor/relay from multiple toggle (not momentary) switches in a way similar to 3-way switches? If so, what components and setup would do that? The purpose is to control lighting from several sources and the reason for not using simple 3-way switches is that the...
  26. D

    Asbestos (AIB) behind light switches

    Hi, took off a light switch, saw something funny, stopped. Turns out it's AIB... brown asbetos, confirmed by asbetos chaps. It's a house built in 1968. Looked in other sockets and switches, can't see any there, alot are cemented in. These switches with the AIB are both on the joining wall of a...
  27. D

    Just designed and launched a range of Switches & Sockets

    Thanks to forum in the early days, and speaking to loads of local tradesmen I've launched 3 ranges of switches & sockets. Development cost was fairly significant in the tens of thousands £. All of you guys have very strong opinions on product after using it (why the hell's it like that?!), but...
  28. G

    Unknown Clipsal Dimmer Switches

    I have moved into a new house and switches are Clipsal dimmer switches, which I cannot find online, so assume they are end of life. See attached. They appear to be programmable, but how and for what, I do not know. So have the following questions: a) What model are they? b) Is there a manual...
  29. M

    UK push to break timed switches

    I am looking for a timing light switch with a difference. Most timing light switches are designed for “Press to Make” and have a mechanical timing device which switches OFF a light after a few minutes. I am looking for a timing switch which does the complete reverse. I am looking for a...
  30. M

    WIFI SWITCHES

    Hi. I bought some WIFI switches for my house recently. The have 1 red, 1 green, 1 black and one white and say they require a neutral. My switches all have 1 red, 2 black and 2 whites that are twisted and capped. Can I still use the WIFI switches that I bought? If so, how do i wire them? Thank...
  31. M

    Request advice: anti tilt switches

    Please: do the regulations say that heaters must have A-T switches? Maybe some types of heater? Thank you.
  32. J

    Push wire switches & sockets

    With push wire connector blocks, and mostly every light now coming with a push wire connector, is there switches and sockets with this built in ? Or can you see it being done in the future ? Or is there reasons why it cant be done? I had a look and cant see anything Just some tuesday night thoughts
  33. Michaelp

    Press Switches and Labeling

    Dont have the switches yet but iam searching and looking for ways to label them too.These switches will be used on a plc system. Ideally will be press/push 4 gang or more and if there is a light background option would be nice. I have use some touch switches but find them not so reliable.If you...
  34. S

    Complicated dual tariff arrangement with four main switches.

    Hi Folks I'm used to (and understand reasonably well) simple dual tariff arrangements with two main switches (either two separate consumer units or a duplex). But I occasionally come across, and am now quoting for changing consumer units for a more complex arrangement that I don't full...
  35. R

    Domestic Double dimmer switch - swapping round switches

    Hi all, I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to light switches but managed to wire a single normal switch a few years back so thought I'd be okay with tackling this job but in truth I can't work out where to start! The issue is that in our living room we have a double dimmer switch but the...
  36. T

    AM2 lighting circuit - confusion

    I know this has probably been asked a dozen times on this forum but I just want to make sure that I'm doing this the correct way before going into my exam. I got told that in the am2 I need to have neutrals at every switch in connecters. I have never done it this at work hence the confusion...
  37. C

    3 Gang and 2 Gang -2 way wall switches

    Hello Every one , I just joined. I am looking for help in wiring a 3 and 2 Gang- 2 way switch. I will be using the 3 gangs as 1 way switches, and a couple of the 2 Gangs a 2 way switches. Switches were imported from china, and came without any diagrams. I checked on the internet and found many...
  38. M

    Domestic Dimmer switches and LED Bulbs

    Hey folks, I just wanted to check something. I have 3 x 4W LED light bulbs on a 400W dimmer switch. I’ve read all this stuff about making sure the dimmer Wattage is right for the LED bulbs but it doesn’t say anything about the dimmer Watts being to high? Would this affect the Bulbs? They...
  39. The apprentice

    any advice on fireman switches

    hi there iam just looking for a little advice on fireman switches on how they are wired and how they disconnect power cant find anything so just a little post here thanks for your time
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    LED control with two switches/dimmers

    Hello, I want to install LED downlights controlled from two different dimmers/switches. So the plan is to have one of the following options have first switch as 2-way 400W dimmer switch like this, and second as 2-way smart on/off switch like this have both switches as 2-way 400W dimmer switches...
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