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Is an intermediate switch double pole?

Is an Intermediate Switch Double Pole?

An intermediate switch would not normally be a double pole switch.

What is an Intermediate Switch?

An intermediate switch is the middle switch, or switches, on a circuit that has three or more light switches controlling one light/lighting circuit. 

What is a Double Pole Switch?

A double pole switch switches both the neutral and live connections. This is a safer option, meaning that once switched off the appliance attached to the switch is isolated from any power. 

Why are Intermediate Switches not Normally Double Pole?

As normal intermediate switches are used for lighting circuits, they only switch live connections. There are not normally any neutral connections at the light switch, therefore they do not require double pole switching. 

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