Doing electrical work I manage to run into a lot of people who are obsessive compulsive enough to be really bothered by a switch being in the up position when no lights are on or vice versa.
Yesterday it was my father. He had me do some work at his house. He has a stairway to his basement that exits from his kitchen. The basement also has a walk in door from outside. When I did the lights for the basement I put a three way switch in the kitchen and one at the walk in door. When I was done. He saw that the switch in the kitchen was in the up position but the lights were off. After much discussion(mostly me telling him he’s insane) I ended up having to put a single pole switch in the kitchen and removing the wire and switch at the walk in door because it was more preferable for him to have a a switch that is always down when the lights were off then to have a light switch at the other entrance.(No I couldn’t leave the 3wire for future use either because he’s very against having wires that are not in use)
I understand my father needs mental help, for multiple reasons. The Light switch is just a recent example. All five of his children have recommended it. How many people have this issue. I managed to work for a number of people who have complaints about them but my father is the first to have one removed. Explaining there is no cheap solution to allow all switches to be down when the lights are off seems to be a reoccurring conversation. Am I just lucky enough to find a high percentage of these people or are there that many people with this complaint?