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    Replacing Light Switches

    Hey All

    I am currently replacing 2 x light switches in my house to control the passage light, from 2 difference locations.

    So far I have replaced the old Mettalic type plates/switches, with newer plastic versions with 2 way switches in them.

    Now the question I have is that the Earth Wire used to be connected to the old Switch with a dedicated connection point.

    The New switch does not have a place for the earth so do I?

    A) Cut it back and leave it in the box.
    B) Put a ring lug on it and screw it to the metallic box located in the wall. (this will be done by the screw holding the light switch in place)

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    Is the replacement switch completely plastic construction?

    I wouldn't cut the earth wire, rather just tape it up so it can't float around and touch anything. Personally I would screw the earth to the backbox.
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    I have got the same plastic boxes - i put the earth to the metal back box.

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