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Two way light

The light works normally on one switch (SW2). (SW1) will not switch it on but if already on will switch it off

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  • Mrbw Oct 07, 2008

    yes I am consulting a qualified electrician the company concered origonally have gone bust. surprise surprise thanks a bunch

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FIrst of all, it is actually called a 3-way switch system. I would suggest that you either consult and elexctrician or look up the Time-Life series on home projects which contains a couple of volumes on electrical projects. Included in there are complete diagrams of how to hook up 3-way switch systems.

Dan

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This switch system is not wired correctly which makes me wonder if the "qualified" electrician is actually qualified. Since the system is not working properly, I would first request that the original electrician comeback to fix it at no charge to you. Failing that, get another to trace the problem and fix it. I would get this fixed ASAP as there is the possibility of short circuits and fire if not addressed.

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