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installing two celing lights controlled by three three way switch's

installing two celing lights controlled by three three way switch's


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Old 03-16-04, 08:04 PM
pakksfloral
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installing two celing lights controlled by three three way switch's

i am trying to install two celing lights in a hallway with one light on each end of the hall way as well as on switch on the far end of the hallway one switch on the other end of hallway at the top of the stairwell and one at the bottom of the stairwell what's the best plan of action?
 
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Old 03-16-04, 08:53 PM
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Wow, that's quite a sentence. I'm not sure I can parse it. Is this one project or two projects?

See if this guess is right. My guess is more influenced by the title of your post than the content.

You have three switches. Each switch controls both lights. You can flip any of the three switches and both lights go on or off. Right?

The best plan of action often depends on the starting point. If you walls and ceilings are all stripped to the studs and joists, you might pick one plan of action. If this is finished space with an attic above, you might choose another plan. If this is finished space with no attic or crawl space access, you might choose a third plan. If part of this is already in place and you are just adding some other parts, that will also influence the plan.

Please provide more information.
 
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Old 03-19-04, 10:01 PM
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three way switch's and lights

yes the walls are gutted to the studs, and joists. and yes i want to be able to turn on or turn off both lights no matter what switch i use,
currently i have the main power line going into the first light switch box then i have a 14/2 line running to the first light as well as second 14/2 from the first light to the second light and i have 14/3 running between all three switch's.
 
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Old 03-20-04, 12:08 AM
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You will need a 3-way switch on each end, and a 4-way switch in the middle. Instead of a long explanation here, go to one of these sites. They have instructions with pictures.
http://www.handymanwire.com/articles/3wayswitch.html
http://www.homedoctor.net/tipsfaq/2.3.html
http://www.electrical-online.com/how...aySwitches.htm
 
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Old 03-20-04, 08:41 AM
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Yes, certainly go to the sites that arcspark provided. However, since none of them mention your exact situation, let me provide an overview.

Let "-" indicate 14/2 cable and "=" indicate 14/3 cable.

There are many possibilities to make this work. However, the cable routing I recommend, because the connections are most straightforward, is:

Power-3W=4W=3W-L1-L2.
 
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Old 03-25-04, 02:26 PM
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three way switch's

ok this is what i've done so far,
i've installed all the switch boxes,
and the lighting boxes in the hallway,
i've run 14/2 for power in to the first switch then i've ran one 14/2 line from the first switch box to the first light,
from the first light i've ran 14-2 to the second light,
then i've ran 14/3 in between all three switch boxes
is this the correct method?
 
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Old 03-25-04, 02:34 PM
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Yes, provided that you make all the connections properly...
 
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Old 03-25-04, 02:37 PM
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Yes it is and THIS is how to connect it. The second light just connect black to black and white to white at the first light.
 
 

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