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Old 02-19-2013, 06:27 PM   #1
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Electrical diagram for 3 way switch and 3 way dimmer switch


I am installing 6 recessed ceiling lights in a basement. I have power going to the lights, then to the regular 3 way switch with 14/2 wire and then ran a 14/3 wire to the 3 way dimmer switch. I used the diagram below but the lights do not come on no matter which way I have them flipped. What wire(s) do I need to change to make this system work with this configuration? Thanks for any help you can provide me. I FAILED TO MENTION IN MY FIRST POSTING THAT I WILL BE RUNNING 6 CEILING LIGHTS. DOES THE WIRING FROM THE LIGHT FROM THE FIRST ONE RECEIVING POWER CHANGE IN ANY WAY OR JUST THE REGULAR BLACK/BLACK, WHITE/WHITE? DOES THIS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN HOW THE WIRING FROM THE LAST LIGHT IN THE RUN GOES TO THE REGULAR 3 WAY SWITCH? SHOULD I TRY SWITCHING THE TWO POWER/TRAVELER WIRES AT THE 3 WAY DIMMER SWITCH?

I fixed the problem by running 14/3 wire between each light fixture. I had some pieces of 14/3 left over from other wiring projects and luckily did not have to buy any. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!!!!!!


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Old 02-19-2013, 08:57 PM   #2
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The diagram is correct. Either you wired different or maybe the dimmer is bad. Try the setup with a simple three way switch in place of the dimmer.

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The diagram is correct. Either you wired different or maybe the dimmer is bad. Try the setup with a simple three way switch in place of the dimmer.
I added some additional questions to make sure I have my wiring in order. Please look at my additional concerns and make any responses you feel are relevant.
Thanks for you help so far!!!!!

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Don't run the cable to the switches through the other fixtures. If you do that you need a four wire+ ground cable between the fixtures.
Just run a 2 wire cable from the one fixture to the additional fixtures connecting black to black and white to white.
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