3 way switch confusion

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Old 10-19-08, 03:17 PM
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3 way switch confusion

here is my scenario....I'm trying to wire 2 3 way switch's for a spotlight....My first switch is in my dinning roomwerethefeed comes into a 2 gang switch box (*it also feeds two lights on the deck)from this box i have a 12--2 going up to the spotlight and a 12-3 going down to the garage for the other switch...I know i need to connect the white coming down from the light to the feed nuetral then i get confused....all the books I read never show the power coming into the middele switch....thanks for your help....
 
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Old 10-19-08, 03:24 PM
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There are many, many different ways to wire a pair of 3-way switches controlling a light, but yours is not one of them.

But then you mentioned "middle switch". That confused me. How many switches do you have to control this one light?

Let me use "=" to mean a 12/3 cable, and "-" to mean a 12/2 cable. Here are two of the more common cable routings:

P-S1=L=S1.
P-S1=S2-L.

But it sounds like you have this:

P-S1-L=S2.

That's not possible.
 
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Old 10-19-08, 03:53 PM
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Thanks john .....I will find power in the garage to s1 then 12-3 to s2 and 12-2 to the light...does this sound better?...Thanks
 
 

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