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  1. Faysal Patel
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    Faysal Patel New EF Member

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    First and foremost I would like to introduce myself.

    My name is Faysal and I reside in East London. By profession I am a Operation Manager within the NHS but have a patient to do home electrical DIY project. I picked up basic electrical skills from a young age, tagging along my uncle who was a BT Engineer.

    The help I need: Basically I live in a house consisting of Ground floor, First Floor and a Attic Floor. Each of three locations has its own landing lights. At the moment, if I have to switch the attic light off, I have to run all the way to the attic as the lights are on a single switch (good exercise but annoying). It came like this when the house was bought a few months ago.

    What I am looking to do is have three 3-gang switch on each floor. I have recently heard of an intermediate switch and haven't quite got my head round it yet. What I would like to ask is, how many 3 gang normal switch and Intermediate switch would I require?

    Any help would be much appreciated. I am looking to replace the old wires and install new wires, from what I read, for certain types of connection I may need to use 4 + earth core wires.

    Many thanks.
     
  2. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    To make all this work you will need to run new cables, isolate existing circuits, and need a good understanding of what you are doing

    Not sure this is DIY work

    Plus you'll need to do some major decorating ...
     
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  3. Faysal Patel
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    Faysal Patel New EF Member

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    Hi Murdoch,

    I agree there will be much decorating work to do, which is factored into this project. I have spent couple days trying to get my head around this as much as I can and came up with the following wiring circuit. In essence I purged a 3 way switch in to a 3 gang unit. I just wanted to make certain this is the most ideal way to wire this setup, or if there is other alternative ways?

    Faysal

    Light circuit wiring fp.jpg
     
  4. Spoon
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    Spoon Forum Mentor

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    Best Option: When leaving the attic, switch the light OFF.

    Alternative Option: Fit a Smart Switch. Like this maybe...
     
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Staff Member Moderator

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    Turn the attic light off when you leave the attic!
     
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    westward10 In echoed steps I walk across an empty dream. Staff Member Moderator

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    I see another issue with three way lighting to the attic. From the ground floor you have to ascend the troublesome stairs to see if the light is on or off.
     
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