light operated by 6 switches. do i need special switch?

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Old 11-29-14, 01:42 PM
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light operated by 6 switches. do i need special switch?

i'm replacing switches after painting and this is one i've never seen the style of. i assume having the connectors on the front vs the side for the new switch is no biggie?


the left switch operates a hall lite that is turned on by 6 different switches. didnt know if there was anything special about that switch or just use the standard ones i have used before. left side of switch is the white wires and right side the black wires

switch on the right operates an outlet from 2 different places. white wire on the bottom left and 2 black wires on the right.
 
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Old 11-29-14, 01:50 PM
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Some old style switches had the screw terminals in the front like that. The new switches will all be on the side.

The switch on the left is a four wire switch. On that particular lighting circuit you will have 2) three way switches and 4) four way switches.

The switch on right is a three way switch.

KEY POINT: There is a dark screw on ALL three way switches. When replacing three way switches make sure the same wire gets reconnected to the dark screw regardless of location on the switch.
 
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Old 11-29-14, 07:41 PM
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Also pair attention to the wiring diagram and the wire pairs on the 4 way switches.
 
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Old 11-29-14, 08:10 PM
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Thanks Jim... I should have elaborated on the four way switches. The new switches can come either way as the diagram shows below. You will usually find 2) three wire cables in a four way switch location. You should see two distinct pairs. In my diagram I'm using red/black as one pair and red/black as the other pair. You could find any combination of colors on the switch.

Replace one switch at a time and make sure all switches work correctly before moving on.

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