Varilight 1 Gang (Single), (3 Way) Intermediate 10 Amp Switch, White Moulded Bevel - XO7W

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Varilight 1 Gang (Single), (3 Way) Intermediate 10 Amp Switch, White Moulded Bevel - XO7W

Varilight 1 Gang (Single), (3 Way) Intermediate 10 Amp Switch, White Moulded Bevel - XO7W

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Manufacturers don’t really use the same naming for the way their products work which leads to a lot of confusion regarding ways, gangs, panels, and switches. We’re going to clear that up for you. We’ll also include images explaining some of these concepts that you can also find in the product description in our lighting store. A panel can have up to three buttons on it. They can come in either 1, 2, or 3 gang configurations or with a dimmer switch. Gangs are just an electricians way of saying ‘light or groups of lights on a single circuit’. Your standard ceiling lamp is a ‘gang’ but the cluster of LED’s in your bathroom can also a gang. A panel can have up to 3 gangs on it, which means it will also have 3 buttons on it, each for a single gang. Some examples: A panel can have multiple ‘gangs’ on it, or a single dimmer with on/off, brighter and darker buttons. A switch is the control mechanism behind the panel. A switch can be 1, 2, or 3-gang. Alternatively, you can have a dimmer switch with on/off, brighter, and darker buttons. We don’t carry, and haven’t found, dimmer switches that are more than 1-way or 1-gang. The switch is also the part that you connect to your wiring. The switches we carry all require at least 3 wires, a L (Line), N (Neutral), and L1 (Load) wire.The Line wire is the wire that comes into the switch from your electrical box. It carries power to the switch. The L1 (L2, L3) wire(s) are the Load wires and carry power from the switch to the light.The Neutral wire completes the circuit and allows the switch itself to be powered. This is also why your lights have a Neutral wire but the wiring to your switch may be missing it. Older mechanical switches didn’t need a Neutral wire because that switch isn’t powered. If you need to bring a Neutral wire to your switch, this requires a bit of elbow grease and fish tape (aka wire snake).Now you know!

Some of your lights may be controlled by 2-way switches. A 2-way switch means two separate switches control the same light. They always work in pairs (or more). Examples of 2-way switches are a light in your hallway controlled by switches at each end, or a light in your stairwell controlled by a switch at the top and bottom of the stairs. Confusingly, a 2-way switch is also sometime called a 3-way switch, multi-way switch or hotel switch.

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If you’re replacing older switches, these are often 1-gang each. If you have lots lights controlled from a single panel, this means you have really wide (and ugly) panels. I personally suggest replacing these wider panels with multi-gang single panels and filling in the old gaps in. This is a really easy way to clean up and modernize your living spaces. There are a few scenarios where you may need a 2-way, 2-gang (or even 3-gang) switch. In my house I have hallway lights upstairs and downstairs. I can control both sets of hallway lights from two separate panels, one upstairs and one downstairs. Each panel has 2 buttons on it. This is a 2-way, 2-gang example. There are two ways in the smart-switch world to have 2-way switches. One is the traditional way where both switches are wired to the light and each other. Another way has a primary and secondary switch only the primary switch is connected to the light and the secondary switch is wirelessly connected to the primary switch. I prefer the traditional way because it still functions even if your WiFi goes down but there are cases where the primary-secondary setup is useful, for example if you don’t have the control wire connecting the two switches. Pro tip: The switches will be identified by a label on the common terminal and/or the terminal screw will be a different color. Connect the wires to the newly installed 3-way switches with ground screws using one of the two wiring diagrams (Fig. A or B).

To add the switch, you’ll use one of two wiring a light switch diagrams (shown below), depending on whether the power comes to your light switch first (the most common situation) or to the light fixture first. Either way, follow these five steps for 3-way light switch wiring:So now you know your stuff about ways, gangs, panels and switches! Every house is a little different in how it’s wired and can differ in what you want and where you want it. But it’s really just about understanding what you want to do and what the terms are so you can find the exact product you need. You have a light in your closet, controlled from a single panel, with a single button on it. This is a 1-gang switch Let’s start with ways. A ‘way’ is a term for how many switches are controlling the same light. The most simple switch is a standard 1-way on/off switch. Most of the lights in your house will likely be controlled by these 1-way switches. A 1-way switch can have 1, 2, or 3-gangs (we’ll get to gangs in a bit), or have a single dimmer switch. A panel is simply put the control surface for your lights. Depending on what kind of switches you have right now, you’ll probably need a single or dual panel. Sometimes more. Single panels are square 86mm x 86mm, dual panels are wider 156mm x 86mm.



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