Combination Device Question

mike_kaiser_gwJanuary 1, 2010

Standard duplex style - SP switch / SP switch (e.g. Leviton 5224). Isn't it "normal" for both switches to turn off (or on) in the same direction.

I've got one where they go in opposite directions and it seems a little odd. Unfortunately I don't have a second one handy to compare it to.

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Perhaps an assembly error in manufacturing.
Some of these, probably not Leviton, are sold as individual components to be assembled when installed.

Here is a link that might be useful: Despard

    Bookmark   January 2, 2010 at 8:59AM
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I'm thinking something was assembled incorrectly at the factory but I thought I'd check. Leviton's catalog doesn't specifically say and I don't see multiple versions of that style of switch (other than, obviously, color or amperage).

Definitely not Despard.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2010 at 10:41AM
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Or perhaps installed wrong. I don't see how they could be assembled wrong.
Tell us how you have it wired and exactly how it works. Does one of the switches need to be on for the other one to work?

    Bookmark   January 2, 2010 at 11:25AM
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I don't see how it could be installed incorrectly. It's a simple SP switch/SP switch combination device. One switch controls one set of lights, the other another set. At first I thought it might be a SP/3-way combo but both toggles are marked "on" and "off". The only thing odd is that off is to the left on one of the switches and to the right on the other.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2010 at 12:25PM
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This must be one of those fair and balanced switches manufactured by Fox NewsCorp.

I heard they were being recalled because of reports of serious injury when either switch is turned to the left.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2010 at 2:35PM
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