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What is a Two Way Light Switch?

What is a Two Way Light Switch?

A two way light switch is a switch that can be used in conjunction with another two way light switch to turn a light (or lights) on and off from more than one location. 

A two way light switch can also be used as a one way light switch, that is a switch that turns a light (or lights) on and off from one switch, without any other switches being attached to that light circuit. 

Two Light Switches for One Light

In this situation you will need two 2-way light switches. This will enable you to switch the light on and off from either switch at any time. 

When would I use a two way light switch?

When would I use a two way light switch?

You would use a two way light switch when you have two switches controlling one light, for instance in a hallway, where you have a switch at both ends of the hallway that controls the hallway light. You are able to switch the light on and off from either end of the hallway.

When would I use a one way light switch?

When would I use a one way light switch?

You would use a one way light switch when it is the only switch controlling a light in a room, for instance if you have one door into your lounge, and you have a light switch next to the door. 

What about three light switches controlling one light? 

If you have three switches that control the same light, for instance downstairs, in the hallways, upstairs, at the top of the stairs, and another one at the end of the landing, you would require the middle switch to be an intermediate light switch. You can read more about this on our 'What is an intermediate light switch' page.

Why don't you sell one way light switches? 

As two way light switches are a lot more versatile that one way switches, and the price difference is negligible, we typically only sell two way light switches on our site (there are one or two exceptions in the Retrotouch range). This makes it a little easier to choose when ordering, and also caters for any changes that may happen during installation. 

A Huge Selection of Two Way Light Switches Available

Our site has one of the most comprehensive range of two way light switches available in the UK. Two way or intermediate, we have a huge selection. We even have the same plates available as toggle switches too.

Browse below to take a look at a sample of them, most are made in the UK (details given on each page). There is every variation from traditional to modern and contemporary designs available. 

Full Range of Matching Plug Sockets and Light Switches

We have you covered when it comes to light switches, but it doesn't stop there. Every switch we have is available with matching sockets, dimmers, toggles, data plates and other accessories, so you can match your room or your entire house with the same style and finish (or chop and change as you see fit!). Check out our full range of sockets and switches here, or click on the finish below to see the extensive range in each finish.