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I have just changed a two gang switch that controls the bathroom and landing light but now the lights in the bathroom and landing wont work all the other lights work and no fuse has tripped

I changed an old brass switch for a new plastic one and changed it wire for wire may of caught a nuetral with screw driver when changing

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That could be the culprit - right there.

You see, the new dimmers work electronically. There are no moving parts really. Voltages are changed in some very high tech ways thru transistors and triacs. These are comparatively "delicate" devices to the old snap switch and rotary dimmers that had large moving pieces that could handle a large load (like your short via the screw driver) for a short time. Not so with a transistor or triac however. There are so small, they have no way to dissipate heat like the other switches and *instantly* fail. The amount of current in amps needed to blow the transistor or triac is much lower than that needed to blow a fuse or circuit breaker - so that's why it never opened. That is why the instructions often call for removing power at the panel before installing.

So, unless it is a simple wiring error, my money is on a blown dimmer switch. Double check you work and try again with the power OFF.

Good luck!

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SOURCE: have a 2 gang 2 way switch,one of the lights

I think your goal with the 2 way switch is to be able to turn the landing light on/off from either the top of the steps or the bottom of the steps. When you run a one way light in with that circuit it will not make a complete circuit, hence the 2 way will not work. If your bathroom switch was in with the light switch at the top of the steps, you will have to seperate these two switches. Make the bathroom a switch by itself, and then connect the two way switches. If a circuit is not making a loop it will not work. 2 ways must make an uninterrupted loop, (the one way is interrupting the loop) in order to function properly. Hope this helps!!!

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