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Socket Store releases 'Which switch is what switch' Infographic


Leading online sockets and switches retailer Socket Store is certainly drawing interest with its new approach, releasing an infographic to explain the different types of switches, and when you'll need them.

Cardiff, UK (PRWEB) February 09, 2013

Staff at Socket Store had a light bulb moment when they realised there was an easier way of explaining to customers how basic switches and circuits work.

The team frequently gets asked to outline the difference between various types of switches but felt that they were baffling customers with a techie response. So they produced an infographic highlighting the science behind two-way and intermediate switches in a fun and informative way.

Socket Store managing director Phil Stephens said: “The question we get asked the most is: ‘What is an intermediate switch?' We wrote a blog post, which is always well read and which helps our customers understand how it works. But it is still hard to explain sometimes, so we thought an image might help.

“Our infographic explains why intermediate switches are more complicated, and why they are therefore more expensive. We hope it's now very easy for our customers to make the distinction, but we are always happy to answer any questions our customers might have.”

So exactly what is the difference between a ‘normal' and an intermediate switch?

Well, there are two types of normal switches; one-way and two-way. One-way switches simply consist of one switch and they switch on one light.

Two-way switches are slightly more complex in that they can be used when there are two switches for one light, such as in a ‘through' room with two different entrances. Another example is a landing which has one light but two switches – one at the bottom of the stairs and one at the top. Sometimes people think this type of switch is an intermediate switch, but that's not the case.

An intermediate switch is very versatile and can be used to operate most lights, but because they are more expensive it is best to keep them for the places in which you really need them! An intermediate switch consists of three or more switches operating one light. An example would be a landing light with a switch at the bottom of the stairs, one at the top of the stairs and another further along the landing. This circuit would require the middle switch – in this case, the one at the top of the stairs – to be intermediate.

Another place an intermediate switch might be needed is on a shared landing in an apartment block. If you'd like to know more or need some advice on which switch is best for your needs, just phone the Socket Store team on 029 2000 4887.

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