rewiring batroom lights/fan

Old 07-25-00, 05:28 PM
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I have 3 switches in my bathroom. One for
bulb light, one for white/tube light and one for
exhaust fan. I'd like to change the
connections/switch/circuit so that:

1st switch should control only exhaust fan.
2nd switch should control bulbs and exhaust fan together.
3rd switch should control tube light and exhaust fan together.

I believe this can be done if I can get
switches of special type where one switch
can control 2 separate circuits. Are such
switches available? What are they called?

Is there any other way of doing this?

Old 07-26-00, 06:22 PM
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Hi Steve,

To do what you want you need one single pole switch and two double pole switches all feed by the same power feed and you will have back feed on some switch legs when you do this.
Here is how you can wire it. Pigtails to all five line leads to the three switches.
Then the single pole switch to the fan only.
First two pole, one load lead to the fan, one to the bulb light.
Second two pole switch, one load lead to the fan, second to the flourescent light.
Remember in every case the fan switch is always hot on both ends when any switch is on. When the fan switch (sp switch)is on there will be a lead going to each of the other switches that will also be hot.
To have all three on, if you ever needed such, all three switches must be on.
You can accomplish the same with a set of relays.
There is nothing wrong with this type of wiring

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