three-way switch in the same box as single-pole

Old 04-07-08, 10:19 AM
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three-way switch in the same box as single-pole

i've got 14-2 wire coming hot into a double gang-box that will contain one single-pole light switch, and the initial 3-way light switch that will power two linked can lights. the second 3-way switch is across the room. the two can light fixtures are between the two 3-way switches. from the first 3-way switch i ran (but not hooked up) 14-3 wire to the first can light, then to the second can light, then to the second 3-way switch (red will be my traveler). again, i have not hooked it up yet. my question is just that, how do i hook it up? the hot wire will first hit the single pole light switch, then what? i can give you my version, but i'll save myself some typing and you some reading. remember, keep the terms simple, i'm no electrician. thanks all.
Old 04-07-08, 11:50 AM
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Let me try in the simple languange but here it goes .,,

take the 14-3 from switch [ start at power source ] run that wire direct to new 3 way switch location then from there you can run 14-2 to the recessed cans like this

--14/2 -- S3 --14/3---S3--14-2 ---recessed can ---- 14-2 -- recessed can

it will show up in one book called "Wiring simplifed " that about 10 bucks or so you will find this in big box store or hardware store and it will show the way it connnected.

but with the 3 way and luminarie there are quite few ways to hook up but the way i describe is the best way and less chance of getting any error on it

this photo is not mine and i cant take criedit for it but however this will show you a very common way to hook up like this

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You can't hook it up and make it work the way you have it wired. You need four conductor + ground between the fixtures to make it work.
Old 04-08-08, 05:43 PM
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you need two travelers not just one

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