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jelly 05-23-2008 08:56 AM

Does this diagram look correct? (pic inside)
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jrclen 05-23-2008 09:36 AM


Originally Posted by jelly (Post 125268)

In your diagram, 2 wires must travel from one switch to the other, not connected to any light fixture. Those are the travelers. Then from one switch to the fixtures, and between the fixtures, there must be a switched hot wire and a neutral.

Say the power source comes in to the left switch. You would run the two travelers and the neutral to the first light (3). Then the two travelers, the neutral, and the switched hot to the next fixture (4). Same for the next fixture. From the last fixture to the right switch, two travelers and the switched hot (3). Plus the ground wire of course through all.

joed 05-23-2008 11:05 AM

Won't work. You need four wire cable between the lights. Where does the power come in?

Stubbie 05-23-2008 11:26 AM

The diagram you presented should be avoided as it requires 4 wires between the lights plus the equipment ground. Your diagram requires a switched hot at each light, in order to do that at all the lights you will need a switched hot, two travelers and a neutral....4 wires. This is very unconventional and would require two 14/2 G between the lights. I don't have time to draw the diagram but here is one that shows the just have one more light involved. My opinion is if you trying to save wire or want convenience.. throw that out the window and wire the cans in a more conventional manner.

EDIT: I see Joe has already made the same point but I'll leave this diagram for reference rather than delete.

jelly 05-23-2008 12:59 PM

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Thank you all very much, this should be plenty of info to complete the job.


jrclen 05-23-2008 04:11 PM

I forgot to point out that the travelers would not have to actually pass through the fixtures. Unless in conduit. They would simply run from one switch to the other.

I can't draw nifty pictures, but here is how to actually wire this. Your power comes into one switch. 14-2 with ground, hot black, neutral white, and ground. Then run a 14-3 to the other switch, 2 travelers black & red, a neutral white, and a ground. From the second switch to the 1st light, 14-2 switched black, neutral white, and ground. And more 14-2 between the lights. Connect the whites together and connect the grounds together. The blacks and the red connects to the switches. The black hot coming in and the switched black going to the lights are connected to the common screws on the switches.

jelly 05-24-2008 03:50 PM

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Another job well done thanks in part to the kind folk at DIY chatroom.


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