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Standard Lighting Circuits

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Does your circuit look like this?

On the following section we’ll show some of the most common lighting systems in order to help you identify which one you have and how some modules can be installed in each scenario.

Underneath each figure we’ll be linking to detailed guides showing all the options how a Dimmer or Relay can be added into that particular system.

We regularly add new wiring guides and would appreciate any feedback or suggestions you may have, email us at feedback@vesternet.com

Note: To simplify these diagrams, we have not shown the earth cables - but all circuits MUST have the earth cable correctly installed.

Standard 2-Wire Circuit


Standard 2-Wire Circuit

The following figure is based on a standard UK style 2-wire lighting system with no neutral wire at the switch. More information about 2-wire lighting systems is available in APNT-23: Understanding 2-wire and 3-wire Lighting Systems.

A 2-core cable (brown and blue) carries the Live and Switched Live to the wall switch and up to the light fitting.

This type of lighting system uses "Toggle" (latching) switches. These latch in position - for instance when you press the switch to On, the switch physically stays in the On position. These are the standard light switches you'll find already fitted in your home.

If your circuit looks like this, here's how to do it with:

Standard 3-Wire Circuit with Neutral


Standard 3-Wire Circuit

If you have a 3-wire system, where Neutral is available at the switch, then a 3-wire module such as a Dimmer or Relay can be installed into the switch back box.

This type of lighting system uses "Toggle" (latching) switches. These latch in position - for instance when you press the switch to On, the switch physically stays in the On position. These are the standard light switches you'll find already fitted in your home.

If your circuit looks like this, here's how to do it with:

Standard 2-Way Circuit


Standard 2-Way Circuit

A 2-core cable (brown and blue) carries the Live and Switched Live to the wall switch and up to the light fitting. An extra 3-core cable (brown, black and grey) connects the two wall switches together; enabling each of them to independently turn the light On or Off.

Note: in some installations two 2-core cables may have been used to connect the switches together, if this is the case the individual cables will be brown and blue rather than brown, black, and grey.

This type of lighting system uses "Toggle" (latching) switches. These latch in position - for instance when you press the switch to On, the switch physically stays in the On position. These are the standard light switches you'll find already fitted in your home.

If your circuit looks like this, here's how to do it with:

Standard 2-Way Circuit with Neutral


Standard 2-Way Circuit with Neutral

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If your circuit looks like this, here's how to do it with:

  • Fibaro Dimmer 2
  • Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus
  • LightwaveRF
  • MCO

 

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Updated: 02/11/2016

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