Complicated 3 way circuit


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Old 01-25-04, 03:11 PM
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Complicated 3 way circuit

I want to operate 2 light fixtures from a set of 3 way switches. I think I may have a problem with the way I wired it. The feed line comes into one of the fixture juction boxes and then I have 3-12 wg running to one switch then through the other junction box to the other switch. Is there any way to tap in the other light fixture other than wiring it in series?

Please see the drawing I attached.

Well I guess you can't attach a file----

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Old 01-25-04, 03:16 PM
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So far I can't see a diagram.
 

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Old 01-25-04, 04:22 PM
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You can't attaach to this forum even though it says you can.

When you say "through the other junction box" do you mean the other light? If you do that won't work unless you use 12/4 wire.

The best way is use 12/2 from the light with power to the 3way switch. Then 12/3 to the other 3way switch. The second light should run from the first light with a 12/2. It requires 12/4 to put lights between the switches.
 
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Old 01-25-04, 04:25 PM
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Thanks Joed, that's what I was afraid of. I guess I can run another line between the light fixtures.

Could I just use the hot wire and wire that extra fixture in series?
 
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Old 01-25-04, 04:30 PM
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here is the hook up connections

L1.
power hot to white to sw1. Remark white with tape or marker.
power white to white L1 and white to L2.
black from sw1 to black L1 and black to L2.

L2
black and white to fixture.

sw1
white from L1 to switch common. Remark white with tape or marker.
Black from L1 to black from sw2.
white and red to traveller screws.

Sw2
Black from sw1 to common screw.
white and red to traveller screws.
 
 

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