I too figured that the logical function of this non-functional switch would be to turn off the hall lights. After all, it is at the end of the hallway. When I moved in, it didn’t function. A friend told me that if lights controlled by two switches didn’t function properly it was because the wiring was mixed up. I let the light switch be until recently. Eduardo is an electrician’s apprentice. They are learning about wiring and such right? So why not ask Eduardo to figure out what is wrong with the wiring and fix the light switch. Then we could turn off the hall light from the living room end of the hallway.
So Saturday, Eduardo plays with the wiring. I come home from work and he tells me that he worked on the light switch. Oooo… it works! Oh yeah… it works all right. Not only does it turn off the lights in the hallway, it turns off the kitchen lights, most likely all the kitchen electrical sockets, the dining room lights, most likely the dining room electrical sockets, all living room sockets except where the computer is plugged in and the electrical socket on Eduardo’s side of the bed. Luckily, we aren’t used to using this light switch so I don’t think we have to worry about accidentally flipping it off and on. It will continue to be wall decoration.
And we are scratching our head on why someone would rig up a light switch like this.