Wiring Diagram Lighting Circuit 2 Plate Method Taking the Feed to the Switch 2 Way and Intermediate


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Student training aid for the connections required to wire a lighting circuit using the 2 plate method. Video explains the connection required within 2 way and intermediate switches, a consumer unit (fuse box) and lighting point (LED downlight) via this wiring diagram. The circuit is wired in twin and CPC cables (twin and earth cable), 3 core and CPC cable and is a wiring diagram for this circuit. This video will show learners how to connect up the two way and intermediate light switches when the feed (supply) is taken directly to the switch and not first to the lighting point. This 2 plate method is often used in domestic dwellings where there is lots of LED spotlights to wire in one room and can also be called taking the supply to the switch.

How to wire up a light and a two way and intermediate switch them. This wiring diagram will help you understand the connection requires in a 2 way and intermediate lighting circuit using the 2 plate method.

== 🕐 Time Stamps – Cut to the action 🕕 ==

00:00 – Lighting 2 plate method 2 way and intermediate switching
00:23 – Recap other videos in this series
01:06 – Looking at 2 way and intermediate switches
02:30 – Adding a cable from the consumer unit to the first switch
05:58 – Adding a cable from my 2 way switch to my lighting point(s)
09:04 – Introducing 3 core and CPC cable between the 2 way switch and the intermediate switch
14:00 – Introducing 3 core and CPC cable between the intermediate switch and our 2 way switch
15:47 – Summary of connection

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9 Comments
  • StuffOfLard Ohfortheloveof
    Posted at 23:48h, 13 May

    Brill! 👍

  • GrumpyGrampa
    Posted at 09:33h, 23 May

    Thanks for the video. Always well explained in great detail making it easy to understand.

  • sean dempsey
    Posted at 10:12h, 23 May

    Very well explained,
    All though take if the feed to the switch is a throwback to the 50s I prefer to use a junction box and two way switch cable three core twin and earth . But I see the benefits of the two plate method.

    Fantastic video as always from GSH

  • Effer Vescence
    Posted at 13:46h, 23 May

    I do love watching these, not that I ever do the 2 plate like that. Currently I join the live in the first 2 way switch to the brown carried all the way to the last 2 way, then the feed to the light fittings comes out the common with L1/L2 always as black/grey sleeved. This allows me to carry the 3 core and cpc all the way through the switches without ever having to cut and join the brown conductor. It's always useful and refreshing to be reminded there are other ways of wiring when the need arises though. Great detail and technical know how as always.

  • Henry Hudson
    Posted at 14:30h, 23 May

    Thanks for this. Very easy to follow. Quick question for you. Does it matter which 2 way switch you take the switched line out to the lamp from? I'm assuming not, but just want to confirm.

  • David Omach
    Posted at 14:33h, 23 May

    Lesson well taken, will have to always refer to the video before I get it right.

  • LSNO GAMING
    Posted at 15:50h, 23 May

    Thanks for creating these series of video on wiring diagrams they are very helpful in filling the gaps in my college course 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  • Tony P
    Posted at 21:16h, 26 May

    How about if you take your feed and switch line to the intermediate switch?

  • Ramzi Ghanem
    Posted at 19:03h, 28 May

    Yes of course a lot of help.