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Swapping Light Switches Within The Same Panel

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Nov 20, 2012
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Swapping Light Switches Within The Same Panel

Want to change the order of the light switches within a 4 switch panel. They are not lined up in a logical order, and want to switch them around to "flow" better. (swap Light Switch #1 with #3 etc.)

Switches are a mix of 2 and 3 way switches.

For other areas of the house with 2 switches, I have just swapped the order and crossed the wires behind the plate - is this ok?

Otherwise if I were to hire an electrician how much would it go for?
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Oct 2, 2018
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Same process as you have already used, if the jumper wires are not long enough you may need to replace with ones a bit longer or place a cap and wire depending on what you find.
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If the wires are long enough to move to the position desired, yes you can move the switch to different positions maintaining the same switch to wire. Just don't lose track which wire goes to which switch terminal if you end up disconnecting wires.
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i did this myself, peace of cake. just shut the hydro, unscrew the switch from the junction box but make sure the wires remain connected, then move the switch to the other position of the junction box and screw it in. you might want to label em with a small peace of tape so you keep track of the order you want them in so label 1, 2, 3, and 4 on them to indicate which order you want, then wire them up, turn back the hydro and WaaLa! good as new
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