What electrical switch do I need?

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    I have just bought a pair of Lumo led18 ceiling lights to replace the lights in my Pilot. The lights have 3 wires Black= ground
    Red= full light
    White= night light
    At the moment I have wired the feed to the red wire but I would like to have the option to switch either light from full to night. The feed comes from a switch by the door so I would like to put switches by both lights but I am not sure of the type of switch to buy or even if it's possible to switch the feed from one to the other. Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    This may not be possible unless the led's are of the dimmable type
     
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    If they are like ours they have two different types of bulb in them, one set bright, one dim - and blue coloured!

    They have a little rocker switch, one way gives the bright light, the other the dim.

    You just need a two way switch, which will have three terminals. The middle one (usually) you connect the common feed to and the other two terminals are connected to the bright/dim feed wires.

    Something like this: http://www.12voltplanet.co.uk/on-off-on-mini-rocker-switch-16-amps-at-12-volts.html
     
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    You should be able to obtain from maplins an automotive switch with a centre feed that switches to two positions I have used these in the past to make one supply do two jobs. someone beat me to the punch whilst typing.
     
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    Thank you all for your quick response I would prefer to have white round switches as these would then match the switches that on nearby lights. Unfortunately after a quick search I can't find anything suitable?.
     
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    Bit difficult getting one in white Mike as all the car makers seem to think we all need black switches....the only thing I can think of is to carefully spray it with a humbrol enamel paint....on saying that some smartass on here will come up with a proper solution.. Roy
     
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    Well whatever the outcome you cant go far wrong with the price of however would not be better to find a similar one that has centre off and one side to bright and other to dim .in other words centre infeed and the others outfeeds to lamps. ?
     
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    I don't know what your existing switch looks like but another option is to fit an identical switch alongside it using one for bright & one for dim.
     
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