What were the options?I was asked on a test about what the switches would be for controlling a light from four different locations. Would it not be a two 3ways and two 4ways? That's what I thought it would be, but that was not one of the options.
To be honest I can't remember the options, but I do know that contactors and relays wasn't one of them. I believe the options were all either single pole, three way, and four way switches.What were the options?
Sometimes you have to read a question carefully. They like to lead you in the opposite direction of what they really mean.
There could be contactors and relays involved.
True.Wouldn't a double pole, double throw switch have 6 terminals not 4?
Come on who are trying to fool here. There is nobody who would use a 4-way as a single pole. Technically probably illegal as there is no on off printed in the plastic. Then there is the fact that the cost is seriously more expensive.Often times, multiple choice tests do not ask for the 'ideal answer', instead they want you to provide the 'best answer' for the choices given. Some times these are called trick questions, but part of what they are trying to accomplish is for you to think rather than just answer.
If the OP remembered the choices correctly the only realistic answer, would be 4-way switches. After all you can use a 4-way in place of both 1-pole and 3-way switches.
Actually I said ideal answer.As Dungar states that multiple choice tests often requre the best answer and not the correct answer.
I have never seen a single pole without markings.Actually I said ideal answer.
Using a 4-way switch instead of a 1-pole is not an incorrect action, it is just not ideal.
The only time 'On-Off' markings are required for a switch, is when it is being used as a lock off/disconnect device. The 1-pole light switch in my office has no markings.
We need to understand the context of the Op's test as well as the actual question in order to decide if it was correct.
You have the freedom to be critical.I have never seen a single pole without markings.
Any how even using the word Ideal can be incorrect.
I oppoligize for being critical.
You are correct on the markings and correct about your tagline. I just get so frustrated when you have these classes teach the best of the choices way. It is a diservice to all.You have the freedom to be critical.
I just walked through my house; almost all of the 1-pole toggle switches say On-Off, none of the paddle style (e.g. Decora) have markings. The 1-pole toggle associated with the fan speed control (Ariadni) does not have markings.
I guess this is a corollary to my signature line: Just because you shouldn't, doesn't mean you can't.