3 way switch @ beginning & end of lights

Old 10-15-05, 03:03 PM
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3 way switch @ beginning & end of lights

I am trying to install 3 flourescent lights between 2 3-way switches. I have 2 wire cable going to the first switch, black to the common and white to the white of the 3 wire cable to each of the lights. I have used the red as a traveller; bypassing the lights and running to the final 3 way switch. From the common on the final switch I have connected the black to the last light. How do I get power to the rest of the lights and still have another traveller??
Old 10-15-05, 06:33 PM
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As you have discovered, you do not have enough travellers the way you have wired your fixtures. The is no way to make this work.

Replace the wire run between the 2 3ways with a 3 conductor + ground cable, using black and red as travellers. Whites will splice through. Grounds will splice through.

From the 2nd 3 way run a 2 wire cable + ground to the 1st fixture. The black from this cable will be the Common on the 3 way switch. The black and red from the 3 wire cable are your travellers.

From the 1st fixture to the 2nd fixture etc run a 2 wire cable splicing color to color.

Splice all grounds together and add a pigtail to ground the switches.

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