Know the Gangs and the Ways of Your Switch

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The electrical switch is one of the most basic yet essential electrical devices in your household. Although they practically all look the same, it functions in varied ways. Your home has numerous light switches to control various types of lighting.

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Light switches control things like light combination, a fluorescent light, ceiling fan, outdoor entrance lights etc. It comes in different shapes, styles, and colors. But, have you ever gone DIY and went to a hardware to buy one? The sales agent will ask you whether you need, 1 gang 2 way, 3 gang 1 way, 2 gang 1 way, dimmer, or illuminated switches etc.  So what does it all mean? Do you know what the difference is?


It’s really quite simple.



            It refers to the number of light switches on the plate. A 1 gang switch will control a single lighting circuit, and with a 2 gang switch you can control two lighting circuits, and so on.

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1 Way Switch



The most common household switch, a single-pole or one-way switch has two terminals that simply turn the power on or off.








3 Way Switch



A three-way switch has three terminals; a four-way has four. These control a light from two or three locations, such as in a stairwell; at either end of a hallway; or in a large room with more than one entrance.







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A dimmer switch controls a light’s intensity. Usually you can replace any single-pole switch with a dimmer.







An illuminated switch has an indicator light when the switch is off. This is especially helpful to find the switch in dark rooms.


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Now you know the difference of light switches, ways and gangs! Call us now at 448-7423, 727-5790, 414-4012 and 413-6636 and let us quote your various electrical requirements! You can visit our showrooms located at Unit 15 Landsdale Arcade, Mother Ignacia, Quezon City and 1 Mabolo Street, New Manila, Quezon City. You can also visit any of our displays at ACE Hardware, Handyman or Ortigas Home Depot. We offer a complete line of traditional and updated modern wiring devices. Please see them to appreciate.

2 responses to “Know the Gangs and the Ways of Your Switch”

  1. Christopher M. Scully says:

    Dear Sir,Madam,
    We are building a new house and as such need the latest MEJI catolog for domestic electrical components.
    Can you please send me your catolog via email to
    Please also confirm the closest sales store to Cubao QC.
    C M Scully. E/I Engineer

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