How are these 3w lights wired?

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How are these 3w lights wired?

3 way switches control 2 seperate lights. Both lights have only power in and power out 2 wires. One switch has 2 travelers and common.

How is the second switch box wired? Power comes in here.
 
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Both lights have only power in and power out 2 wires
If it is only two wires it would have power in only. There would be no power out.
 
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yes I mistyped, both lights have 2 wires hot/neutral.

My question remains....
 
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There are several ways to wire 3-way switch systems. Is the wiring already in place or are you asking about wiring you're planning to run?

If the wiring is already in place, tell us the number of cables, and the number of wires in each cable, at each location. Also tell us which cable has the unswitched power from the panel on it.
 
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If the wiring is already in place, tell us the number of cables, and the number of wires in each cable, at each location. Also tell us which cable has the unswitched power from the panel on it.
Wiring is in place, I already provided the info that I know.

I havent accessed second switch box (where unswitched power is) and want a general idea about what I will encounter and how the two lights would be pigtailed there.
 
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Without a crystal ball the only way to know is open the box. There is no one way to do it or even a written in stone color code.
 
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Cant open the box right now, its not in my house. Not asking about color codes either. Genrally, give it a shot ........ and if you have crystal ball, use it.
 
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Give it a shot

Here is a Shot with the Crystal Ball

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Thanks that's basically the diagram I have here too and it shows one light being fed from the other light. So one of the light boxes would have 4 wires in that case.

However, what I have here is the lights would have to be pigtailed in box 2, since there are only 2 wires in each light box.

That is what I am inquiring about.
 
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There can be junction boxes other than those for lights and switches. There can be separate cables for the lights from one or both switch boxes.
 
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I am having a hard time comprehending or your missing my question...

There are only 3 wires in switch box 1. Unknown in switch box 2 and 2 wires in either fixture box.

So your suggesting if there are only 3 wires at switch box 2 then there is another junction box containing the splice to either light. If this is the case what would be spliced in that box?

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Both feeds for the lights are pigtailed in switch box 2. And if so how is that wired to the switch?
 
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3-way switches

There are only 3 wires in switch box 1. Unknown in switch box 2 and 2 wires in either fixture box
You have three wires at switch-1 and I am reading you statement as you don't know how many wires are at switch-2.
If that is the case then I think you are wired Tip to Tip so there is no neutral at switch-1 and all your fixtures are spliced out of switch-2.
 
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If that is the case then I think you are wired Tip to Tip so there is no neutral at switch-1 and all your fixtures are spliced out of switch-2.
Exactly, so in that configuration both feeds to the lights would be pigtailed to one of the travelers at switch 2 , is that a fair assumption?
 
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I would assume your system was wired prior to a neutral being required at all switch locations so it may be like this. You will know for sure when you get into switch-2 and see what is there.

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