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  1. Capra
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    Capra EF Member

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    So.. we've dropped a clanger.

    3 way switching for large Hallway.
    Switch wire drops to 1 gang switch(2way), then 3-core to 4-gang switch, then 3-core to 1-gang(2way). This means our 2nd switch isn't an intermediate - but a 2-way.
    (Not aware of anyone who makes a 4-gang switch with an intermediate module - which would sort this straight away)

    Just wondering if anyone has an ideas of how we can get this to function - other than removing a module from an intermediate and getting it to work in our 4-gang.

    Is there any method in which the intermediate switch can used as the first switch in the group? I can't think of one... but i know there's some clever folks on here.........
     
  2. Murdoch
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    Murdoch Electrician's Arms

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    Why can't you use a grid switch?
     
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  3. J.C.E
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    grid switch setup
    or use click mode range- they are inter changable modules
     
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  4. Capra
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    hoping to avoid grid switch if possible - customer wants all the switch plates to match.....
     
  5. Murdoch
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    Then do them ALL using grid switches.
     
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  6. J.C.E
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    want someone and go back and re-wire it for you too!!
     
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  8. Capra
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    Capra EF Member

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    see.. I knew there were clever folk on here..:)
     
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  9. Capra
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    Capra EF Member

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    Never knew there was a place you could build your own light switch..... where's the world heading!

    Grid is looking like the obvious fix.... maybe she won't notice.... ;)
     
  10. Leesparkykent
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    If you use the click mode range that's been referred to a few times throughout the thread then they look like normal switch plates as they dont have yokes etc. If you went and brought a 4gang click mode switch....the switch is a 4module aperture plate with 4 module switches.
     
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  11. Capra
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    Capra EF Member

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    Many thanks all. Will go down the click mode route.
     
  12. anthonybragg
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    anthonybragg Electrician's Arms

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    What were you intending to use?
     
  13. multimick
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    i always use click for emergency light key switch you buy a 2 gang switch and a keyswitch and swop em then you get a bonus of a 1 gang switch free
     
  14. Capra
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    I wanted to keep the plates the same, as the customer hoped. Hence the the original post asking if anyone had any method of using 3-way switching with the inter switch first. I didn't think it was possible - but things are always worth asking about.
    Other option was to take a intermediate module out of a 1 gang intermediate switch, from the same range as the 4 gang - and fit it in the 4 gang. It's doesn't just "fit" - as i've looked. Then again - it's not a modular system that's designed to be swapped - so I wouldn't expect it to.

    In fairness.. the customer might not even have said out if I'd just used a grid.. but when I told her about our cock up, I got "oooh i really want them all exactly the same" So I thought I'd look at options to appease. You know how it is.

    I've never used click mode before - only MK.
     
  15. anthonybragg
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    Take it is a one-off house take it you usually use MK or got MK already just the way you worded your post.
     
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