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Old 04-13-2013, 08:23 PM   #1
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2 sets of switches going to a Fan & Lights


I want to bring my source to a switch that goes to a fan & another that goes to a light then connect those to another switch that goes to the same Fan & another switch that goes to the same light. Then from these switches go to the Fan & lights. If you could finish the diagram I put below that would be awesome!! Thanks


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Here's my attempt at the cable layout
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So you want 2 sets of 3 way switches?
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Below I marked up my diagram on wiring 2 sets of 3 way switches to a Fan & Light. I want it controlled separately from 2 different locations. One diagram below is of my idea (not sure if it is correct or smart) another diagram below it is for you to mark up with your idea. I greatly appreciate your help!!
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All you do is run 14-3 from one light switch to the other. Then 14-2 to the light. And repeat for the fan.
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So what you said matches my 2nd diagram, so I guess I'm correct with what I drew out. Cool! Thanks
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I just talked to someone who talked to his electrician friend and he said to run 1 wire from both switches to the Fan & Light. See my 3rd diagram below. Let me know what you think, is this the best way to do it??
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I just talked to someone who talked to his electrician friend and he said to run 1 wire from both switches to the Fan & Light.
Really?? One wire???
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Really?? One wire???
if i am following along correctly he means 1 14/3 instead of 2 14/2's ...

yes ..

BUT >>>> what code cycle are you on ?? 2008 or 2011 ??
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Black wire goes from light switch to light, Red wire goes from Fan switch to Fan. I updated the diagram, please look at the most recent one. Why doesn't it work, can you explain. Thanks!
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I think your electrician friend is saying to run a 14-3 from the first switch to the light then run a second 14-3 from the light to the second switch.
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If both ways work then thats fine, I just want to do it the smartest and most efficient way. If I don't need 2 wires then I would rather use 1. Unless for safety reasons I'm better off using 2 wires from the last set of switches.
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If both ways work then thats fine, I just want to do it the smartest and most efficient way. If I don't need 2 wires then I would rather use 1. Unless for safety reasons I'm better off using 2 wires from the last set of switches.
yes 1 14/3 would be the smarter way ....
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You must have the common and traveler terminals mis-wired on some of the switches.

Do you know 3-way switches have a usually darker colored terminal referred to as the common and usually two brass colored terminal referred to as the travelers?
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You must have the common and traveler terminals mis-wired on some of the switches.

Do you know 3-way switches have a usually darker colored terminal referred to as the common and usually two brass colored terminal referred to as the travelers?

I do not think you are following alone with the thread .... we are speaking of the SWITCH LEGS TO the FAN LIGHT ...NOT switch to switch

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