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I have 2 single light switches I want to put into a double switch.

At present there is

- a one way one gang switch
- a two way one gang switch


I want in the double switch

the same


Please see the pictures for more details.
Im from the UK but this setup is in france so a bit confused and all the workmen are off til at least April 15.


thanks very much
 

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Since the forum is primarily North American based, it may take a while to get a response from someone who is knowledgeable of French electrical systems. Hang in there.
 

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Do not disconnect any wires without first labeling them so that you could put everything back the way it was if somebody told you to. Do not discard any parts until after you have everything new installed and working.

If you cannot find a double switch (with two toggles or handles) with one side one way and the other side two way then get a double switch both sides of which are two way. A two way switch (called 3 way or single pole single throw in the U.S.) can be wired up as one way (called on-off or single pole single throw in the U.S.), it just costs a little more money to buy.

To use a two way switch as one way you connect one of the wires to the common terminal and the other wire to one of the traveler terminals.
 

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You may wish to repost your question on the UK site of https://www.diynot.com/diy/forums/electrics-abroad/

. A two way switch (called 3 way or single pole single throw in the U.S.) can be wired up as one way (called on-off or single pole single throw in the U.S.)..
A two way switch (called 3 way in the U.S). is a single pole double throw switch.

Most switches sold in the UK are actually Single Pole Double Throw (SPDT) switches, although many are just used as a One-Way switch, so one terminal remains unused.

The two switches in your second picture appear to be SPDT switches.
 
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