# Can I use a 2 way switch for a 1 way light?

## Can I use a 2 way switch for a 1 way light?

A one way light switch has two terminals which is a common marked as COM or C. This is because two way switches can also be used on one way circuits.

What is the difference between a 1 way and 2 way light switch?

In its working, the main difference between them is the number of contacts they each have. The one-way switch has two contacts and the two-way switch has three contacts. In a two-way switch, there are two, one-way switches combined in one. You flip the switch ON to light up the stairs as you walk up.

What’s the difference between a 1 way and 2 way pull switch?

What is the difference between a 1 way and a 2 way pull cord light switch? If a light switch is 1 way, this means it is an on/off switch. The lighting circuit is controlled by a single switch. A 2 way switch means there is another switch controlling the same light.

### What is the common wire on a light switch?

The supply wire most commonly used is 14-2 wire which contains three wires a black (hot), white (neutral), and a bare copper ground wire. The electricity will come from the supply wire (wire supplying electric to the light switches and light fixture) to the first 3 way light switch.

What is a 3 way switch wiring?

Three-way wire (which includes red, black and white wires) runs from the switch on the left to the switch on the right, with the white wire carrying ground and the red and black wires carrying the output from terminals in the left switch. Normal sheathed cable runs from the right switch to the light.

What is a 3 gang switch?

A 3 gang light switch has three rockers or dimmers which control the lighting, normally used in a single room where you have three sets of lights that need to be controlled independently from one another.

## What is a gang light switch?

‘Gang’ describes the number of switches on the plate. They are sometimes called rockers, throws or dimmers, depending on how they operate, but still they just refer to the number of light switches on the plate.