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# another 3 way switch question

## another 3 way switch question

#1
09-08-03, 06:36 PM
scottgbg
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another 3 way switch question

I have a question about wiring a three-way circuit to control two lights (please see the attached diagram). Which wires go on which terminals? How do the lights connect?

Scott

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09-08-03, 06:50 PM
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Looks like my diagram was too big. Here's what I have: Power to S1 - 14/2, S1 to L1 - 14/3, L1 to L2 - 14/3, L2 to S2 - 14/3, S2 to L1 - 14/2.

Sorry for the confusion

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09-08-03, 06:58 PM
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There is no way to make these connections with your current cable. Recable it in one of the following two ways, where "=" is a 14/3 and "-" is a 14/2:

Power-S1=S2-L1-L2

or

Power-S1=L1=S2 and L1-L2.

I prefer the former. The connections are easier and there is less chance of messing it up.

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09-08-03, 07:04 PM
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Thanks. If I go with the first option, how do the switches get wired (what color wire on what terminal)?

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09-08-03, 07:09 PM
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Both switches are wired identically:
• White wires connect only to other white wires and not to any switch.
• The black wire from each 14/2 connects to the black screw (the "common") screw on each switch.
• The red and black wires from each 14/3 attach to the other two non-grounding screws.
• All bare wires connect to each other and are pigtailed to the green screw.