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Old 11-29-2009, 09:19 PM   #1
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Having an issue with my switch


In my house for years I have had this problem where I had to turn one switch on for the other one to turn the light on is this an issue where in 1 of my 3-way, the travellers or crossed or what else could this be. Thanks

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Sometimes people do not wire things properly. It may be that there were not enough wires to install a proper 3-way switch set-up and they did not bother to run new wires.

How two 3-way switches are wired (can be differences)...


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This is called a California 3-way...

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California 3-way with two loads...

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Old 11-30-2009, 06:35 AM   #5
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Prestige, Are you saying:

If switch A is on, switch B controls the light.
If switch A is off, the light does not turn on, regardless of the position of switch B.

If so, it sounds like you are either missing a traveler, or that switch A is not a 3-way switch. Can you describe the wires in each of your switch boxes?
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