Lights not turning on until the 3rd or 4th try


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Old 08-27-17, 10:47 AM
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Lights not turning on until the 3rd or 4th try

I have three light fixtures controlled on 2 three way light switches, when I turn on the light switch two lights come on for an instant then turn off, I repeat this and after the third or fourth time all three lights come on. What have I done wrong?
 
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Old 08-27-17, 11:00 AM
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What kind of light, incandescent, fluorescent, LED or what?
 
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Old 08-27-17, 11:08 AM
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All three lights are LED, one is a strip type light and the other two are recessed
 
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Old 08-27-17, 11:27 AM
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Does it happen with both 3way switches or just one,could be a bad switch.
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Old 08-27-17, 11:31 AM
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Well, yes and no. The middle light never comes on but it does take 3-4 times turning the other switch on to get the other two lights to come on.
 
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Old 08-27-17, 11:34 AM
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When I had three of the same light fixture types the all three came on but flickered a bit with one switch, the middle light never came on with the other switch. When I replaced the 1st light fixture with a strip light (over my work bench area) this issue arose
 
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Old 08-27-17, 01:01 PM
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Tip: When wiring in new switches before removing the old switch mark the wire connected to the common terminal. Remember you can not go by the position of the common terminal on the old switch. Position may be different on the new switch. The common will be the odd colored screw (not green), usually dark gray.
 
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Old 08-27-17, 01:24 PM
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I get that but this was a totally new set of lights/switches, I changed the one light when I saw I didn't like the light output
 
 

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