Is this a 4 way light switch?


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Old 03-10-21, 07:21 PM
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Is this a 4 way light switch?

Ive recently replaced some 3 way light switches in the home and had zero issues after some help from YouTube. I went to replace another light switch which controls my hallway lights keep in mind 3 light switches control hallway lights that is when i came across this switch(pictures attached). Just a bit confused due to 2 wires going to one screw is this considered a 4 way switch? Could not find anything similar to this at hardware store.



 

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Old 03-10-21, 07:33 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

That is a three way switch.
One common/black/dark screw and two traveler/brass screws. Three screws.

A four way switch has four distinctive screw terminals.

The two black wires on your switch are hot. One is hot TO the switch and the other is hot to somewhere else. Be sure those two black wires stay combined. You could splice them together and add a short tail of black wire to go to the switch.

FYI
When replacing three way switches..... make sure the same wire(s) end up back on the common/black/dark screw. Location on the switch means nothing. The two brass screws are interchangeable.
 
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Old 03-10-21, 08:01 PM
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That makes sense. Thank you for your response. Glad i found this forum. 👍
 
 

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