3-way, multiple lights, series OK?


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Old 04-20-04, 08:54 AM
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3-way, multiple lights, series OK?

Hi All,

I wonder if the following set-up will work. I have power coming into a 3-way switch via 14/2 cable, then to another 3-way switch via a 14/3 cable. From there, I want to run 3 lights IN SERIES connected by a 14/2 cable. Will this be OK? I want all 3 lights controlled by the 2 switches.

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Yeah, that should work fine:


http://www.electrical-online.com/how...ayswitches.htm

Your extra lights will be in parallel off the light shown
 
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Old 04-20-04, 09:03 AM
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This type of setup is pretty typical. The wiring is also straight forward when wired in this fashion.


You used the term IN SERIES, but that is not really applicable, since lights are wired in parallel with respect to the hot and neutral wires and in series with respect to the ac line.
 
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Old 04-20-04, 09:07 AM
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Originally posted by racraft
You used the term IN SERIES, but that is not really applicable, since lights are wired in parallel with respect to the hot and neutral wires and in series with respect to the ac line.
Thank you, I stand corrected That's exactly what my confusion was all about... Turns out I just misunderstood the definitions.
 
 

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