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Clipsal Saturn Switches (blue back light)
Started by artfromhart3 Aug 2018

We've chosen Clipsal Saturn Switches which are supposed to be wired in such a way that the blue back light is always on, but somehting has gone wrong and builder is telling us bs about it not being able to be left backlit constantly... does anyone have experience with this? Should we complain to Clipsal or to builder (apparently someone was supposed to tell someone else to wire it to alway on)? At the moment it's all over the place (e.g. some show up blue only when turned on, and the 2/3/4 way switches interchange when it's backlit depending which light we swiched on a particlar switch location.

Perhaps if there is any electritian here who has experience with installing those who can help me please?

thanks so much

(P.S. not sure if image will show, had issues with uploading it)

4 Aug 2018

The image definitely didn't upload but I know which ones you're talking about.

Have you spoken to Clipsal to see if they can provide you with a wiring diagram to make the 2 or more way switches work?

Also the builder would have no idea, he would have to consult with his electrician to see how the current 2/3/4 way switches are wired first and then work out a way to have them interact with eachother. It's a bit of extra mucking around involved but I have heard it is possible.

Maybe not all electricians have experience with these like you say, so it would be much easier for them if Clipsal came to the party and had some documentation to go with it.

Let us know how you go, would love to see some pictures.

Hopefully Ben gets on here soon and can give you an electricians point of view.

Edited on 04-08-2018 13:58
4 Aug 2018

See if you can speak directly to the electrician. I have fitted quite a few of these but haven't ran into anyone that required it to be wired for a more than a single way switch. I am pretty sure that a neutral wire has to be installed to each switch for the backlight to be constantly on. Otherwise the backlight will turn off once the light switch is engaged to on.

4 Aug 2018
CeeJ said, 4 Aug 2018 13:57

The image definitely didn't upload but I know which ones you're talking about.

Have you spoken to Clipsal to see if they can provide you with a wiring diagram to make the 2 or more way switches work?

Also the builder would have no idea, he would have to consult with his electrician to see how the current 2/3/4 way switches are wired first and then work out a way to have them interact with eachother. It's a bit of extra mucking around involved but I have heard it is possible.

Maybe not all electricians have experience with these like you say, so it would be much easier for them if Clipsal came to the party and had some documentation to go with it.

Let us know how you go, would love to see some pictures.

Hopefully Ben gets on here soon and can give you an electricians point of view.

Thanks so much CeeJ, I'll be asking Clipsal for wiring diagram (I knew there had to be something to expalin the how to off it but don't know the lingo LOL).

cheers

Marina
4 Aug 2018
Sparky said, 4 Aug 2018 14:17

See if you can speak directly to the electrician. I have fitted quite a few of these but haven't ran into anyone that required it to be wired for a more than a single way switch. I am pretty sure that a neutral wire has to be installed to each switch for the backlight to be constantly on. Otherwise the backlight will turn off once the light switch is engaged to on.

thanks Sparky, yes my hubby spoke to the builders electrician but I think he either didn't want to admit he allowed apprentecis unsupervised to install it or didn't know what to do with those (there was a few other mistakes they had to correct LOL) and has complained that he doesn't get paid much and nothing for doing extra work :-(   I'll ask Clipsal for wiring diagram as CeeJ suggested and see how I go with it,

cheers

Marina