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Old 10-18-2010, 12:34 PM   #1
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We're having a problem with wiring a three way switch. We have a three way switches at the bottom and the top of the stairs that lights a sconce at the bottom. We would like to add another sconce at the top of the stairs to the same configuration. We added a 12-2 wire from the new upper sconce to the upstairs switch. The upstairs switch lights both sconces perfectly. However, the downstairs switch only lights the bottom sconce. Does the fact that we did not have a common or traveler connection to the new upper sconce from the bottom switch or fixture the reason that it's not working? Could someone provide some directions on what we should do next? Thank you very much


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Old 10-18-2010, 01:31 PM   #2
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Is the lower sconce wired with 12/2 to the bottom switch?

Both lights need to have a cable to the same switch.
Or, the two lights could have a cable from one to the other.

Do you know where the power comes in from the panel? To one of the switches? To the existing light?

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Hi Everybody
We're having a problem with wiring a three way switch. We have a three way switches at the bottom and the top of the stairs that lights a sconce at the bottom. We would like to add another sconce at the top of the stairs to the same configuration. We added a 12-2 wire from the new upper sconce to the upstairs switch. The upstairs switch lights both sconces perfectly. However, the downstairs switch only lights the bottom sconce. Does the fact that we did not have a common or traveler connection to the new upper sconce from the bottom switch or fixture the reason that it's not working? Could someone provide some directions on what we should do next? Thank you very much


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You need to wire the upstairs sconce to the downstairs sconce and not touch the switches!
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