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s are of interest and appreciate hearing to better understand why the world is the way it is.
The problem is, that as the problem was described and as most of us understood it, there was no factual way to achieve it. Also, if someone asks something that seems odd, it would seem better that we try to fully understand what it is they are trying to accomplish, rather than just giving directions. If someone asked how to best apply tar coating to the drywall in their living room, what would you do?
' light switches. There are multiple switches to turn ON/OFF the same light placed about home as a 'courtesy'. What I mean is, is that the likelihood of entering an area, using the light switch, exiting the area and using the SAME light switch is the most likely pattern of switch use. Many of the ro oms have more than 3 such entrances/exits. and it is handy to be able to le ave the switch in a known pattern. During the day, it is somehow pleasing t o look about and see that all the light switches are in the OFF possitions, and all the little mounting screws are in the 12-6 position to add a touch of neatness and professionalism to the installation. [the screws were all placed in the identical positions by the original contractor, which I inter pret as a sign of quality workmanship and attention to details]
ight is ON, but late at night in the attempt to turn that light OFF, I don' t want to turn ON the major overhead lights, or one of the bedroom reading lights, or the ?? light as I fumble about at night trying to remember which switch will turn OFF the light [albeit I had just turned the light ON minu tes before], which, yes, I can clearly see is now ON.
And again, that works assuming the other switches that control that light are in the down position, or one of the other possible combinations.
light switch panels have one order of control, but when exiting the room t he order is reversed. Yes, I knnow that left is still left and right is sti ll right, but that requres one to 'stop' and face the panel set, and 'think ' about it. That's what I want to avoid. I want the simple menomic of a swi tch UP is ON and a swtich DOWN is OFF, then there is NO thinking, simply hi t the switch when going by.
It's when you male statements like the last sentence above that we seem to be heading back to square one. It works only if the other switches are in the right position.
le switches in each panel that arbitrary positions of the switches are inde ed a 'no never mind'
It's that way in all homes. In fact, the larger the home the more switches you have on an n-way, the more any or all of the switches could be in any position.
In a previous post you said that the electrician didn't pay any attention to which way the switches were oriented to one another. I'll bet you can't find an electrician that paid any attention, because of the reasons already discussed.