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enter image description hereenter image description hereWe have just wired a new 2 way, 2 gang, switch plate, which works, but for one side the 'on' position is up, and for the other it's down, which looks odd and is impractical. Is this a problem with the new switch itself, or something we've done wrong? (These switches are the only ones that control these 2 lights)

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    Can you provide a picture of the switch and box? – JACK Jan 12 at 19:03
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    @noybman Plug-n-pray .... I like that!! – JACK Jan 12 at 19:41
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    Do the switches have the words on" and off" on them? Are they made to be both 1-way and 2-way UK=3-way US? Try emailing the photo to yourself, and watch for an option to decide photo size. Choose "medium" or a size under 1.9MB if it tells you that. Then, aread your email and add the new photo to your phone/gallery. Then, pick that one to post. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Jan 12 at 20:37
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    @Jack yes, I take my hat off! – Harper - Reinstate Monica Jan 12 at 20:38
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    so the switches are a single unit, not two separate switches. What country are you in? – JACK Jan 12 at 20:50
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Flip one side from L1 to L2

Your switches are intended for both single-pole and multi-way (multi-location) applications; as a result, both the "up" and the "down" positions on the switch connect COM to another terminal (either L1 or L2, depending on which position we're talking about), instead of having only one position that connects the terminals together, with the other position leaving them open-circuited.

So, fixing this is simple: turn the breaker off at the distribution board, switch one of the wires on L1 to the L2 terminal for that switch (not the other switch's L2!), button the box up, turn the breaker back on at the distribution board, and enjoy your light switches!

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  • Indeed @ThreePhaseEel, at first I assumed this was a standard 120V US style setup, now it is all clear!!! BTW to OP, those pictures are great! – noybman Jan 12 at 21:33
  • Thank you everyone! @ThreePhaseEel, your solution worked :-) – katherine faull Jan 13 at 22:11

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