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Warrenpfjr 03-30-2011 02:19 PM

3 way wiring- Switch, fixture , fixture, switch
I think i goofed. I have 2 lights in a stairway that I am trying to wire up. Power enters at switch #1, ran 3 wire to fixture #1, 3 wire to fixture #2, 3 wire to switch #2. I am having trouble making this work and am guessing i didnt run my wire correctly. Is there a way to make this work or do i have to open up my walls and re wire between the 2 fixtures?

Please help.

Warrenpfjr 03-30-2011 02:44 PM

What about stealing the ground wire between fixture 1 and fixture2 to use as a jump. Fixture 1 would be grounded through switch1 while fixture 2 would be grounded through switch 2. Could that work?

brric 03-30-2011 03:44 PM

If your intention is to have BOTH fixtures contolled by a pair of 3-ways you can wire this to work.

brric 03-30-2011 03:54 PM


Originally Posted by brric (Post 620161)
If your intention is to have BOTH fixtures contolled by a pair of 3-ways you can wire this to work.

Sorry, I read the post wrong. I was thinking there was a 3-wire between switches.

Warrenpfjr 03-30-2011 05:35 PM

Hmmmm- well do i have any other option now that the wire is run and walls are closed up? I guess I could skip fixture #1 and make the box a junction so i basically have a switch, junction box, fixture, switch.

joed 03-30-2011 07:08 PM

You don't have enough wires between the fixtures to make it work.
There are several possibilities.
Only one fixture will work from both switches.
One switch will control them both.
Two switches will each control one light each.
You run the proper cables to make it work the way you wanted originally.

itin1200 03-30-2011 07:21 PM

joed is correct.

Here's a link to the correct way to wire this if indeed you wanted two 3-way switches to control both lights.

It's from this page, which I've always found invaluable when figuring out 3-way circuits.

Although I'm kinda confused by what you mean when you say "3 wire". Do you mean 12/3 or 14/3 with ground, or are you counting the ground along with the hot and neutral, as in 12/2 with ground or 14/2with ground?

Good luck-Bill

Warrenpfjr 03-30-2011 07:51 PM

Thanks guys-Lesson learned. By "3 wire" i meant 14/3 with ground.....
I can still access the space between switch 1 and fixture 1 but the rest is already covered with finished wall/ceiling. I think my plan now is to snake another 14/2 with ground to fixture 1 and add an additional wall switch next to switch1. Fixture 2 with be 3 way while fixture 1 is a regular single pole switch. Thanks for all the help!

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