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    Replacing Bathroom Pullcord Switch - Wiring help!
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    • 25th Sep 08, 2:36 PM
    Replacing Bathroom Pullcord Switch - Wiring help! 25th Sep 08 at 2:36 PM
    Can anyone confirm that what I've done in trying to replace the pull switch in my bathroom is Ok?

    The pull switch in the bathroom had started to only sometimes work, so I bought a replacement 1/2 way switch from B&Q.

    When I took the cover off the old switch (after flicking the stopper for the lights circuit first of course) there were three wires.
    • A green and yellow wire going to a point on the rim of the ceiling mount fixture of the switch
    • A red wire screwed in to a point marked "COM"
    • A black wire (with a red sleeve) screwed to "L1"
    • There was also an L2 with nothing screwed into it
    The instructions for the new light stated for a 1 way switch with 3 wires:
    • one wire should go to a simalar point near the rim of the fitting (which I attached the green and yellow to, as it was before),
    • one wire to COM (which I attached the red one to, as it was before), and
    • one wire to L2 (which I attached the black with red sleeve to).
    • I left L1 empty - as per the diagram
    It all seems to work fine, but I was just wondering if I should have it attached to L1 as it previously was, if I should follow the manufacturers instructions, or if in deed there is any difference between the two?

    If there is a difference, what is it, and do I need to change anything?

    Additionally the diagram showed the earth and L2 wires coming through one gap (from the ceiling through the top of the ceiling mount fitting) and the COM wire coming through another gap on its own.

    Due to the short lengths of wire available to work with (out of the ceiling) I had to feed the earth and COM wire through the same gap (in the ceiling mount fitting), and the L2 through the other on it's own. I'm assuming this is Ok (as the wiring runs all through the house next to all the other wires)?

    Any advice to put my mind at rest is greatley appreciated
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