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Old 09-08-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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I'm trying to add a 3 way switch n it's driving me nuts lol. All pics n videos online show only two sets of wires in the box. I have 3 sets coming in box. One from the high hat lights. Black white n ground wires. One for the power black white n ground n last one is black white n red n ground I have the 3 way wire going across room to other box n have 3 way switch on both ends. How do I hook thi up ???

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I'm trying to add a 3 way switch and it's driving me nuts lol. All pics and videos online show only two sets of wires in the box. I have 3 sets coming in box. One from the high hat lights. Black white and ground wires. One for the power black white and ground and last one is black white and red and ground I have the 3 way wire going across room to other box and have 3 way switch on both ends. How do I hook thi up ???
I corrected your english, this isn't a text messaging site for children.

In your power wire, hook the neutral up to the light neutral.
Hook the black to the white in the 3 wire going to the other switch.

Re-indentify this white wire as ungrounded.

Hook this wire to the switch common in your #2 box.

Hook the black and red in the 3 wire cable to your traveler screws on your switch.

At this point, you should have one black wire left from the "high hat" cable, it will terminate on the switch common in the first box.

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Try this.

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This too.
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I corrected your english, this isn't a text messaging site for children.
You missed the "s" in this!
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Somewhere on this forum there are 3 or 4 diagrams of the different installations of a 3-way switch. End of run, middle etc. It was very helpful.
One thing that would help me would be to show the direction of the flow of current thru the switch and the conductors... especially to illustrate why it doesn't matter what 2 screws the travelers get hooked up to ... just saying that I think I get it but when it comes to electricity I want to really understand ...
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Somewhere on this forum there are 3 or 4 diagrams of the different installations of a 3-way switch. End of run, middle etc. It was very helpful.
One thing that would help me would be to show the direction of the flow of current thru the switch and the conductors... especially to illustrate why it doesn't matter what 2 screws the travelers get hooked up to ... just saying that I think I get it but when it comes to electricity I want to really understand ...
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I'm trying to add a 3 way switch n it's driving me nuts lol. All pics n videos online show only two sets of wires in the box. I have 3 sets coming in box. One from the high hat lights. Black white n ground wires. One for the power black white n ground n last one is black white n red n ground I have the 3 way wire going across room to other box n have 3 way switch on both ends. How do I hook thi up ???


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Somewhere on this forum there are 3 or 4 diagrams of the different installations of a 3-way switch. End of run, middle etc. It was very helpful.
One thing that would help me would be to show the direction of the flow of current thru the switch and the conductors... especially to illustrate why it doesn't matter what 2 screws the travelers get hooked up to ... just saying that I think I get it but when it comes to electricity I want to really understand ...
Anyone who plans on doing any electric at all should have a good electrical book. Black and Decker, and others, have books with explanations of basic electricity and wiring, with diagrams for most scenarios.
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The drawing by Philly is how to connect it. Be aware on that drawing the common screw is the one on the upper left. It may not be in that position on your switch. It will black in colour.
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The drawing by Philly is how to connect it. Be aware on that drawing the common screw is the one on the upper left. It may not be in that position on your switch. It will black in colour.


or just rotate the switch 180 degrees .....

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