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Old 07-21-21, 05:41 AM
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Master switch

Hi - I am looking to have two switched lights on each side of a bed that can also be controlled by a common/master switch by the bedroom door entrance. Can I just split the wires from the master switch and run to both of the switched lights of each side of the bed? I know this might have some weird effects which I am fine with but the main goal is to be able to either turn on or off both bedside lights (or change their state) when entering/ leaving the bedroom. Any sight would be appreciated. Thanks
 
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... or change their state ...
Yes you can have a single master switch at the doorway to simply kill both of the bedside lights. But to "change their states" from the doorway you need a pair of 3 way switches there and do 3 way switch setups to each side of the bed.

You would split the incoming power at the doorway using pigtails to the common terminals of the respective 3 way switches and go from there with 3 wire cables to the bedsides.
 
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An easier option would be to use remote control switches that can use the existing wiring. A control switch at the entrance with wired or wireless remotes at each bedside location. I think Lutron makes a switch that can accomplish that.
 
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I would only like one three-way at the the door - can I just split from this switch to each switch - would this allow me to switch the state of each light by the bed? thanks
 
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Old 07-21-21, 07:52 AM
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Actually what you want would be a 4-way switch (3 switches and one light). But why go through all that work and expense? What 2John suggested is the fast, easy and least expensive method.
Or why not just have two bed side free standing lights on each side of the bed.
 
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You can have one switch at the door that turns on both lights. Then you can one switch for each light at the bed that will turn each light on and off IF the switch at the door is on.
The switch at the door must on for the bedside switches to work.
The bed side switches will have to be on for the switch at the door to turn on the lights.
 
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Only one three way switch at the door will not work for two individually controlled lights.

You could end up with flipping the door switch turns on one bed light and also turns off the other. You would have to walk back to the bed to resolve this.
 
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Hence 4-way switches. Any switch be in any position for on or off. Provided the wiring is correct to each switch and light.
 
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One four way switch setup will not allow you to control two lights individually.

Switched receptacles for plugging in and controlling free standing lights are a very common setup. But
multiple door switches to control separate receptacles individually are not common.
 

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