3-way light


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Old 03-14-07, 08:23 PM
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Question 3-way light

rewiring dining room.....before had only one switch........have wired up two switches with 3-way wire........it is a ceiling fan w/light.........have 2 other 3-way switches in house.........wired them exactly the same............will not work.............help............any suggestions????????
 
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Old 03-14-07, 08:30 PM
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Need to know exactly how they were wired. Way to little info and a couple of dozen ways right and wrong they could be wired.
 
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Old 03-14-07, 08:32 PM
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We need more details. It's nice to know that you wired it the same as something else, but it would be even nicer to know how you actually wired it.
 
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Old 03-14-07, 09:01 PM
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Smile I will

Thanks so much for getting back to me so quickly. I will get the info to you first thing in the morning.......it is midnight here and I am off to bed. I am the wife/assistant/computer operator. Frustration abounds here tonight and I will post the wires in the morning while hubby is off at his day job. Hope fully you can help me help him before he comes home. Thanks again...........
 
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Old 03-14-07, 10:22 PM
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ok let me try this one the multiquestionare


1] is the oringal switch wired;

A ] two black wires
B ] black and white wire
C ] black and red and white wires

2] which switch have incomming power

A] at first switch
B] at the lumiaire/fan unit {light and fan fixure }

3] do the new switch[s] do have loops?

A] true
B] false

4] do this fan / lumiaire do have remote control ?

A] true
B] false

those basic question should help us to guide in more answer

once you answer them and more details to fill us in then we can help you more


Merci , Marc
 
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Old 03-15-07, 05:48 AM
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When you tell us the wires on the three way switches don't say upper right etc. Tell us which wire is on the COMMON terminal. The COMMON terminal will be black or marked common on the switch.
 
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Old 03-15-07, 07:46 AM
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Smile Good Mornin'!!!!!!!!!

Good Morning to all you helpful people. As pertaining to my dilemma........this is what I know.
In the attic--at the junction box--2 red wires are hooked together from both switches, 2 white wires are hooked together from both switches, the white power wire goes to one black wire on the switch, and the black wire from the power wire goes to the black wire of the light wire

The ceiling fan does not have a remote.

As for the switches--this is as you are looking at the front of the switch itself

one switch--black wire--right top
red wire--right bottom
ground--left top
white wire--left bottom

2nd switch--black wire--right top
white wire--right bottom
ground--left top
red wire--left bottom

This is all jibberish to me............hopefully it will help you, help us.

I'm here all day, for any other questions that I may be able to answer.

Is it possible that we may just have a bad switch??????????

Thanks bunches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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Old 03-15-07, 08:56 AM
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Unfortunately you did not read joeds post.

Telling us top, bottom right and left of a switch means nothing. There is no standard for terminal placement on a switch, and different manufacturers do different things.

We need to know which wire goes to the common, which two wires go to the travelers and which wire goes to the ground.

The ground terminal is green. The traveler terminal will be one color, usually dark, and the traveler terminals will be the same color, usually silver.

Regardless, the wiring at the switches SHOULD be, the black wire connected to the common terminal; the white and red wires to the travelers; and the gorund wire to ground.
 
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Old 03-15-07, 09:09 AM
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Me again

On one switch the common wire is red, and on the other switch the common wire is white
Hope that helps!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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Old 03-15-07, 09:16 AM
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Well, that's your problem.

Do you want to rewire the junction box or the switches?
 
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Old 03-15-07, 09:18 AM
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I get it

Does it matter which traveler terminal you put the red and white wire into???????
 
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Old 03-15-07, 09:20 AM
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Yes and no. From an electrical standpoint, the travelers are the same. However, placing them will allow the light to be on when both switches are either up or down (and off when one is up and the other down), or just the opposite.
 
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Old 03-15-07, 09:21 AM
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Me again

I think we will rewire the switches.
 
 

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