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Old 01-23-2007, 01:37 PM   #1
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In my master bedroom, I have 2 lights mounted on the ceiling and one on the wall.

There are 2 switches on opposite sides of the room that turn the light on and off. However, the 2nd switch is kinda hard to notice, so basically I forgot about it.

A while back I replaced the main switch with (lighted) switch with the on/off flicker and dimmer slider.

I then decided to change out all 3 light bulbs to CFLs. Of course this doesn't work with a dimmer - I got that funny buzzing sound.

OK, so I went and replaced that with a (lighted) decora switch, single pole. Turned it on, everything's good.

Saw the 2nd switch (that I forgot about), hit that switch, and the lights went off. Hit the switch again, the lights came on.

So my question is, is it wrong that the 1st switch is a single-pole switch? Or should that be a 3-way?

Follow up question:

What type of switch do I replace the 2nd one with? Single pole or 3-way?

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Old 01-23-2007, 04:29 PM   #2
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Both switches should be three way.

Didnt you notice you had extra wires when you installed the dimmer?
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Old 01-24-2007, 09:20 AM   #3
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As jwhite said, both switches need to be three way in order for them to work properly.
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OK, so I went back in behind the 1st (main) switch.

There are 2 black wires, 1 white wire, and one "stub" of a white wire. This "stub" wire doesn't seem to have much slack to it. Should this be in use?
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Regarding the white stub if its not stripped then I think the person who wired it probably just used two two wire cables instead of one three wire.

Its probably best to check it with a meter to be sure. Make sure its not hot and check it to ground to make sure its not a neutral for some other circuit.

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Old 01-24-2007, 07:54 PM   #6
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Are you saying that the only wires in that entire box are the two black wires, and the one white wire?

What did you hook up to your new switch, and does it turn the lights on and off?
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If i am reading this right, someone pulled two, two conductor cables instead of one three conductor cable for the three way switches.
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