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Old 01-07-2011, 05:01 AM   #1
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Hello,

I have a problem: I want to change the bathroom light switch and fail to connect the wires from the wall into the switch. I have four wires: red (with power on it), yellow (with power on it also) and two blue (no power on them). I mention that this switch in the bathroom turned on a fluorescent tube and maybe a fan (which, however, is broken since a few years, so I can not check and I don't remember).

I bought two switches, one 1-way and one 2-Ways. The 1 way switch has 2 areas up and down, with two holes each, where to put the wires into the holes and to be attached with some clips (white clip on top, red clip bottom, so 1 clip on top, 1 clip on bottom). I tried to stick red and yellow in the two holes (so each wire in it's own hole) where the red clip is, and the 2 blue wires into the two little holes where the white clip is. When I lifted the safety fuse to test, the main fuse for the whole aparment went off. So my wiring was wrong.

I have not had time to test much. But I noticed that if I tie red and blue wires together (at this moment there is power in the other blue wire as well), and then the other blue wire with the yellow wire then the light turns on (the fluorescent tube). But how to put the wires into the switch? The 2-Ways switch has the same red clip with two holes, but two white clips each with two holes (so one more white clip with 2 little holes). Should I use this one? But how to put the wires?

And why are there 2 circuits to light a fluorescent tube?

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You may want to post your location. I cannot help but suspect this could affect the applicability of responses you may get.

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Thank you, I just updated: my location is Brussels, Belgium (Europe).
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How were the wires connected originally?
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:54 AM   #5
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It was an old broken switch, with 4 grips each in one of the 4 corners, with the red + yellow on the top corners and the 2 blue on the bottom corners. Unfortunatelly I couldn't find a similar switch to buy.
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