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Old 02-14-2011, 09:23 PM   #1
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switch conversion Possible?

I have a three way switch setup that I would like to do away with. Instead of the three way switches, I would like to install a single pole switch and add a receptical. Can I do this using the existing wireing? If so, how do I go about it? Thanks


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Old 02-14-2011, 10:40 PM   #2
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It is possible but you must have a neutral in the switch box where you will do the change. If power to the current three way switch is fed to the box you'll have the neutral. If power is fed to the light and all you have is a switch loop then you won't have a neutral.


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Traditional configurations:

power - light - switch = switch (no)
power - switch = switch - light (yes)
power - switch = light = switch (yes)

power - switch = switch (no)

switch = power = switch - light (yes)

2011 NEC compliant configurations have a neutral at every box including switch boxes and any 3 way setup can be converted into a regular switch plus a receptacle.
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Old 02-20-2011, 04:19 PM   #4
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3-Way Switch Conversion to two way

Thanks for your replies. Allen, Could you please expand on your reply? I am confused and need clarification. Thanks
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