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Old 03-17-2009, 03:52 PM   #1
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Light switch question, possibly a 3-way


Trying to figure out how to make one of my lights into a 3 way.

Right now I have 2 lights in my kitchen controlled by 2 switches, but on the other wall there was a switch that wasnt hooked up to anything, and I am hoping I can make it a 3-way to control one of the lights in the kitchen/dining are.

Here is a picture of the switches that are working now, the one on the left controls dining, right kitchen. i am guessing that the kitchen/right side switch isnt set up for 3 way since it only has 2 wires, hence no traveler?





Here is the box where there was a switch but not hooked up to anything


And here is the ceiling box for the light


What do I need to hook up to make this a 3-way system or is that even possible?

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no clamps on these wires? no grounding screw? Who did this hack work? you need to get an electrician and determine how bad your house wiring is.

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You will need to string a 3 conductor cable between the switch locations in order to have a 3 way switch setup.

Now I don't know who makes one but there may be such a thing as a wireless three way switch kit that would let you use the existing switch location with just a 2 conductor cable. This is not what is known as a 3 way dimmer, that also needs 3 conductor cabling.
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In your case an electronic X10 switch can be programmed to work as a dimming three way from either location since the same power and neutral are available. The typical travelers in a 3 wire between switches are not needed for these switches. You can find them at www.smarthome.com
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