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Old 11-11-2013, 08:41 AM   #16
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YES !

You are quite right !
If the three wires are to the second switch ?
And the two wires are from the panel,
Where are the wires to the fixture ??

Unless the three wires are from the 2nd switch
and the other two wires are a switch loop from the fixture,
And neutral goes direct to the fixture,

Now thats a possble !

Now we just gotta test to confirm the theory.

The 3 wires are to the first switch and I think the 2 wires are switch loop as you suggest. How would I test this to make certain?

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If it is a switch loop,
then one of the wires will be a hot supply from the fixture.
It will be hot all the time.
Test it with a volt meter.


The other wire should be the switched hot supply back to the fixture,
To test this use a test lamp, wire the test lamp between these two wires,
If both the test lamp and the fixture come on at about half normal
brightness, then its confirmed.

But if both lamps don't come on at half,
then it is NOT confirmed.
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If it is a switch loop,
then one of the wires will be a hot supply from the fixture.
It will be hot all the time.
Test it with a volt meter.


The other wire should be the switched hot supply back to the fixture,
To test this use a test lamp, wire the test lamp between these two wires,
If both the test lamp and the fixture come on at about half normal
brightness, then its confirmed.

But if both lamps don't come on at half,
then it is NOT confirmed.
My issue is the wires are not connected yet. They were connect in a box that had 3 different breaks. I ran a new cable from the breaker box for the other 2 breaks . I have this one left and I did not mark how they were connected so I am trying to figure which wires would go to the black coming from the breaker and which go to the white coming in from the breaker.

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