En-Suite light and extractor fan switch, help

Discussion in 'Electricians' Talk' started by kevin_g, Oct 2, 2020.

  1. kevin_g

    kevin_g New Member

    Hey guys,

    I would normally get an electrician in for any work, but seeing this is only two switches I think it may be embarassing to even ask one to come for a job like this and also, I'd kinda like to do it myself, but I am struggling with what is probably a simple job.

    I'm really not sure what switches to buy from screwfix.

    These are the ones I want to replace (pics attached) The reason is that when i switch the light switch on, the lights in the ensuite dont always come on, they may work fine for days then they suddenly stop working, then even with the light switch turned on, they will just turn themselves on about 30 seconds later.
     

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  2. Bazza

    Bazza Screwfix Select

    The light switch is a regular light switch
    The fan switch is a double pole switch.

    You will find both types of switches in most ranges sold by SFX. Pick the style you like and find the switches in the catalogue or on line. Simples.
     
  3. kevin_g

    kevin_g New Member

  4. Sparkielev

    Sparkielev Screwfix Select

    What type of lights do you have in your bathroom?
     
  5. terrymac

    terrymac Screwfix Select

    The two black insulated conductors that are together in one terminal , need attention.
    Does your light run from a transformer ?
     
  6. Bazza

    Bazza Screwfix Select

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  7. kevin_g

    kevin_g New Member

  8. terrymac

    terrymac Screwfix Select

    That's ok for your lights, now find one for the fan !! Look for
    Double pole switch 20ax ,one gang. In the same finish and profile .
     
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  9. kevin_g

    kevin_g New Member

  10. terrymac

    terrymac Screwfix Select

    That's the ticket !!
     
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  11. kevin_g

    kevin_g New Member

    Brilliant, thanks terry and bazza - appreciate the speedy responses too :)
     
  12. terrymac

    terrymac Screwfix Select

    Those slim line switches sometimes don't sit too well on plastic drywall boxes. As the box itself protrudes from the wall a little. Doesn't bother some people but does to others.
     
  13. kevin_g

    kevin_g New Member

    dont say that to me
     
  14. terrymac

    terrymac Screwfix Select

    Sorry ,but it's a fact. That type of switch is designed to sit flat and flush on the wall. It can't do that if a piece of white plastic is already there. Not just the brand your looking at , same applies across the board.
     
  15. Sparkielev

    Sparkielev Screwfix Select

    Walls need to be like glass I hate when a customer asks me to fit them
     
  16. terrymac

    terrymac Screwfix Select

    I hate it when the shallow galvy box which was fine with a plastic switch ,is now not deep enough to accommodate the
    " flat plate "variety. Advising home owner that a deeper one has to be fitted ,and that will inevitably involve damage to plaster work doesn't usually go down too well !!
     
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  17. Sparkielev

    Sparkielev Screwfix Select

    Yeah a nice shiny flat plate against a wall that's crumbled to bits
     
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