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Old 08-16-2014, 10:51 AM   #1
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One 3-way switch 2 lamps


Is it possible to take a 3 way wall switch, on - off - on and connect two lamps?
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We need more details about what you are wanting to do. It is possible to control two light with a three way setup.
A normal three way switch does not have a center off position so I am not sure what you are attempting to do.
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Easy there, lol...

as long as you want one lamp to be on all the time, then yes. As joed said, there's no off position, so if you want to be able to turn them both off...ever, then no you can't (with a typical 3-way switch).

EDIT: Unless of course, you feed your 3-way with a single pole switch. Then that one would turn both off, and the 3-way would be sort of a selector switch.

I think..........I can picture the wiring, and I think that's how it could work.

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You can get a single pole double throw (SPDT) light switch that would work.


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Really not sure of your objective........

But, while not standard stock at the big-box, you can get SP/DT co (single pole double throw center off) or SP/TT (single pole, triple throw and just not wire up the third throw)

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Is it possible to take a 3 way wall switch, on - off - on and connect two lamps?
Not real sure what your wanting to do. A 3 way switch is used with another 3 way switch and allows for turning on and off lights from two different locations in your home or business. It has no actual 'off ' position.

What exactly is it your wanting to do ? You could purchase a 3 position switch with center 'off ' which would allow you to have one or the other light on or both off.
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Anyone else consider someone making these questions up? Ambiguous. Lacking detail.
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Anyone else consider someone making these questions up? Ambiguous. Lacking detail.
Yea. Was considering making one up myself.
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Anyone else consider someone making these questions up? Ambiguous. Lacking detail.


Why won't it work ?
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Why won't it work ?
Not saying it won't. Commenting on the type of questions appearing on the forum in general. This weekend. Maybe it's me and I'm newer. Just seem to lack more detail than norm.
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