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Old 09-24-2012, 12:30 PM   #1
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Three way switch, two lights


I need to wire a three way switch in this way:

Power-->light1-->light2-->switch--->switch

I found the attached diagram.

Is there a way to do it with two wires between the lights?? Why can't I bring power to light1, carry hot and neutral to light2, and then break the hot at light two and go switch-->switch.

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power --> light 1 --> light 2 --> switch 1 --> switch 2

You need one wire between the lights for the neutral to light 2, the second wire to carry the raw power past both lights and down to the switches, and the third wire to bring the switched power back to light 1.

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Is there a way to do it with two wires between the lights??
What do you mean by two wires between the lights? The diagram shows a 3-conductor cable which has 3 conductors and a ground wire.
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Why can't I bring power to light1, carry hot and neutral to light2, and then break the hot at light two and go switch-->switch.
Isnt this what the diagram shows??

what do you mean by break the hot at light two and go switch switch?

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Three way switch, two lights


This is what I mean.
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Nevermind!!!! I see now that light 1 will never be off! I will leave my stupidity posted for others to learn from. Sorry for the waste of time!
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Still do not understand if you know the diagram in your 1st post is correct, why do you need to try and alter it. Do you have a different wiring configuraation where you need to feed something else like a receptacle off the incoming power?
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Probably because he ran two wire cable between the lights before he found the diagram.
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Probably because he ran two wire cable between the lights before he found the diagram.
No!!!! It's because there already was 2-wire cable between them and it's a pain to fish

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