yet another 3 way ?

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Old 05-31-04, 06:43 PM
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yet another 3 way ?

could someone please look here:
http://home.mn.rr.com/dtro/wiring.jpg

and tell me what's wrong. I appologize for my artistic ability.

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Old 05-31-04, 11:31 PM
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Actually, your picture is quite good!

But you made a classic 3-way switch mistake. You took a wiring diagram for one fixture and tried to extrapolate it into two fixtures. It cannot be made to work with the cable you have in place now. As you no doubt realize, you have the two fixtures wired in series. I'll bet those bulbs are burning really dimly, aren't they?

Here are your main options, where "-" is 14/2, "=" is 14/3, and "#" is 14/2/2:
  1. Power-S1=S2-F1-F2.
  2. Power-S1=F1=S2, and F1-F2.
  3. Power-S1=F1#F2=S2.
Pick the option you like best and I'll fill in the details. They are listed in my order of my preference, best solution first.
 
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yes, that's exactly what I did. Took diagram from a book and continued on with a second fixture.

Option 3 would work best as that's the way it's currently wired minus the 14/2/2 wire. So I need to use 14/2/2 wire between the fixtures? I appreciate the help.
 
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Have you got it figured out now, or do you still need the details?
 
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I would appreciate the details as I only know the wiring for 1 fixture.
 
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whew I put my two brain cells together and figured it out. I can now see why this isn't the recommended way for two fixtures.
 
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Now that you have chose #3 allow me to explain why you did what you did. First you needed to get a netural to both lights through a switch first With that done you needed to connect your constant hot (black wire from your power in ) to the common screw on the first three-way . The power is taken to the second three-way via two traveler wires . the two lights needed to be connected to the second three-way common screw in series so thats why you needed four wire between the two lights. If you remember a couple simple rules about three-way wiring you cant go wrong.First run your neutral connect it to anything needing a neutral that way you won't mix up the neutral with a hot or a traveler. Next the hot line comming in gets connected to one common on a pair of three way switches only. The other common is for the hot side of the lights, then two wires get hooked to the bottom corresponding screws from the first switch to the corresponding screws on the second switch. These are called traveler wires (they connect switch to switch).Hope this helps.
 
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