3 way switch wiring

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Old 02-26-17, 07:15 AM
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3 way switch wiring

Ok guys I'm going crazy over here wiring up this 3 way and need some help so I can get elect back on before wife kills me. Heres what I got

this is a 3 way at my stairs

14/2 coming into box at top of stairs never had 3 way here, so I installed recessed at top of stairs with 14/3 coming from the switch to that light at top of stairs. Next I ran 14/3 out the bottom of switch box through recessed at bottom bottom of stairs over to switch. Apparently my wiring is not right at the moment. Can someone provide detailed info how to hook this up

I could not find any specific pictures online for this setup

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Old 02-26-17, 07:22 AM
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14/2 power to upper switch.
14/3 from upper switch to upper light.
14/3 from upper switch to lower light.
14/3 from lower light to lower switch.

Is this correct ?
 
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Yes with 14/3 running through lower light prior to going into lower switch
 
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Old 02-26-17, 07:31 AM
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Then you have a problem.

The red and black are required as travelers from the first switch to the last switch.
You also need a neutral and a switched hot at every light.
If you count the amount of wires.... you'll see you need 4 wires to do what you want.

You would, at lest, need an additional 14-2 from light to light.

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Ok I though I was missing something ok I'll run 14/2 Light to light I do I need to come into switch box with 14/2 or is my current setup sufficient.
 
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I added a diagram to show what you have now.

Give me a few minutes before you do anything.
I'll post am new diagram.

A two wire between lights won't do it. We need to get the blue switch line to both light locations.

That means an additional 14/2 from lower switch to lower light and another from lower light to upper light.
 
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No prob. Thanks for your help thus far
 
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Let me know if you don't understand the diagram.

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Ok just to make sure I am understanding correctly. I need to add a 14-2 from downstairs switch to downstairs Light and 14/2 Light to light everything else I have ran is sufficient.
 
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That means an additional 14/2 from lower switch to lower light and another from lower light to upper light.
You have to carry switched hot from the lower switch to both lights.
 
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Got it thanks again. I'm going to knock this out I'll let you know when I'm successful.
 
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All good thanks again. Most importantly The wife is off my back.
 
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Good job. Thanks for letting us know.
 
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