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Littlefatdog 08-08-2006 08:45 PM

3way with diagram
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hi -
i've wired a 3 way switch for a single fixture, but i'm not sure how it would work for a series of fixtures. i have a switch on one end of a set of recessed lights, from the load center, 14/2 wire into the first switch, then 14/3 from the switch to the first box, between boxes and to the last switch on the line, which is a dimmer.
something is really confusing me about the wiring between the recessed boxes. i drew up this diagram and labelled things to hopefully keep it simple. i.e. [N1 + N2] would be connecting the dots for this hopeless numbskull.
thanks a million

jbfan 08-08-2006 09:36 PM

It will not work that way. You need another wire. If everything is stil open I would rewire it like this.
Leave the 2 wire into the first switch box, take 3 wire to the next switch box, the take a 2 wire back to the first light and continue to the second light. Connect the black wire from the 2 wire to the common screw on the dimmer. The whites will remain the neturals.

Littlefatdog 08-08-2006 10:30 PM

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its open still
like this?

jwhite 08-09-2006 04:09 AM

That looks good dog. other wise you need another wire between n3 and n4 which means buying a four conductor cable.

Do you use a drawing program? Those pics are easy to understand?

jbfan 08-09-2006 05:59 AM

The drawings made it a snap to understand what you were doing. That will work.

Littlefatdog 08-09-2006 08:15 PM

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thanks a million guys, it worked like a charm the first try!
as for the drawing - i just use MS Paint, as in microsoft paint. its probably one of the oldest, most basic drawing programs there is - also in my opinion one of the most useful. it also helps that i'm a painter and illustrator :wink: that loves buildings and everything about how they work.

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