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Wiring up a switch in kitchen

Got two single on/off switches in kitchen trying to change one and now light wont switch on.

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Do they control the same lights please post picture of back of light switch and the wires in the wall. pictures of old light switch too please

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may i know the exact model # of your unit, and the part # of your switch control.

let me know, thanks.

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