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Old 03-02-2013, 09:48 AM   #1
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My kitchen has 2 light switches- one near the back door and the second one at hallway to bedroom. Over the years, they've both become reversed. Down is on and Up is off. Can this be corrected?

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I would guess that there are other switches that control the same sets of lights...ie...3 way and/or 4 way switches. Do the switches have "on"/"off" labeled on the toggle?

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The switch for the kitchen light does not have ON or OFF on the 4-way plate near the hallway. The switch at the backdoor is on a 2-way plate. That switch is not labled either but the second switch on that 2-way plate is labeled ON/OFF. The 3 other switches on the 4-way plate also are not labeled. Thanks for you help.
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There is no standard on/off position for those switches...sometimes up is on and sometimes down is on.
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The switch for the kitchen light does not have ON or OFF
The switch at the backdoor... is not labled either
These are part of a 3 way switching system.
Probably the same one for that kitchen light.

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but the second switch on that 2-way plate is labeled ON/OFF.
This is a single switch... probably the back door porch light.
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The only way to change the operation of the switches is to go to one switch and flip it. Then go to the other switch and flip it. Now the switches are working opposite until someone goes from one switch to the other and flips them again.
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The switch for the kitchen light does not have ON or OFF on the 4-way plate near the hallway. The switch at the backdoor is on a 2-way plate. That switch is not labled either but the second switch on that 2-way plate is labeled ON/OFF. The 3 other switches on the 4-way plate also are not labeled. Thanks for you help.
Maybe we should back up and clarify a thing or two.
K-buz talked about 3 way or 4 way switches. You mentioned 2 way or 4 way plate. I think we have apples and oranges here.

Your kitchen light - do both of these switches control the same light? If more than one switch controls one light, they won't be marked on/off and how one is positioned will affect the other as far as if up or down is on or off. Flip them both.

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