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My electrician put 3 light fixtures on two, three way switches. I'm having a hard time trying to figure out how to wire the lights correctly so that they go on and off with the light switches.

One thing that confuses me is that on the lights that i bought there are only 3 wires coming from the light. A a black, a white and a ground. On the fixture there are 4 blacks all twisted together, 4 grounds twisted together, 4 white twisted together and two red that are twisted toghether and wraped around the whites. I recall my electrician saying that it meant something...

when i connect one of my fixtures and put black to black, white to white, and connect the ground the light goes on and stays on but it won't work with the wall switch. am i suppose to connect these reds somewhere? i'm pretty confused at this point.

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Exactly. Connect the black wire from your fixture to the reds. See if that makes any difference.
 

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I hate when clowns wire 3ways thru the fixtures.

It's likely that red and white go to your fixture (black and white)
 

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220/221,

is that not how it should be done?

so to clarify, your saying i should connect red from the fixture box in the ceiling to black on the actual fixture, and then white to white? that will leave the blacks in the ceiling fixture not connected correct?
 

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i just tried connecting black on the light to red on the ceiling fixture box, then white to white and not connecting the black on the ceiling to anything. it didn't work i couldn't get any power to the light regardless of the position of the light switches.
 

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Were there older light fixtures there that used to work correctly?

Looks to me like an improperly wired setup inside the walls. Or maybe a different switch controls that light box. Or maybe it's not a 3-way; one switch controls one light box and the other switch controls the other two light boxes.

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This does not look like a travelers-through-the-light-box situation. If it were, then there would be two wire nutted pairs, not just one.
 

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yeah, i'm starting to think that maybe my electrician might have messed something up. i wired it like the diagram that PaliBob posted and i'm not getting any power.

I also took the cover off the light switch to confirm that it was a three way switch. It does in deed have 3 screws on it. One of the wires, the one on the top right is a white wire that only has voltage when it switched in one direction.
 

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The only way to know for sure what is going on is to tell us all the cables and connections in all the fixtures and switches. The switch will have a terminal that is the common. It will be a different colour from the other two terminals or marked "common". We need to know which wire os on the common.

We don't care about the grounds at this point. They should be connect together and to the green screws on the switches.
 

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ok,

i thought it might be easier to take photos. please let me know if you need more photos etc..

in the photos are the two 3 way switches and one of the fixtures. the other two fixtures are wired the exact same way.

also, i spoke with my electrician about the problem and he said he must have spliced in the wrong wires somewhere or something.. he is going to come back to fix it but not for a week or so. if you see something obvious i would like to try and fix it myself as i'm always up for learning new things.

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What 220/221 is saying. (I don't actually hear him) is, That if you connect the BLACK wire from your fixture to the BLACK wires in the JUNCTION BOX, the light/s will go on but STAY ON. Then, the RED wire (in the junction box) should be connected to the BLACK wire of your LIGHT FIXTURE and the WHITE wire of your LIGHT FIXTURE to the WHITE wires in the JUNCTION BOX!!!
 

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What I was saying is that, there is all kinds of crazy ways to run 3way switch cable but I don't run the travelers or power thru the light jboxes. Only the switch legs.


power......3way sw.......3 way sw.........light.....light.

There is nothing in my sw boxes except black and white.

Let your electrician fix it.
 

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Did this work properly before you changed the fixture? I have never seen the traveler wires going to two different cables, which is what I see in the first picture with the red wires.
Do you know which cable has the power from the panel?

You have a black on the common of one switch and a white on the common of the other switch. One of those goes to the power hot and the other goes to the fixture hot.
 

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The way I did see there are few screw ups what the electrician done with that and I really suggest that you get ahold of your electrician whome done that wiring have him come back and deal with that and if he did rewire the whole house and by state law he should have a " warranty " for one year minumim.,

And I have a hunch that he have incomming power at the luminaire location but that set up is little odd conferation.

Merci,Marc
 

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my electrician came back to fix the issue. he had one wire on the wrong screw on a switch. took him 1 minute to find the problem and fix it. i was hoping to help prevent him from having to drive all the way to my house for such a simple fix because he's a good friend and lives an hour and a half away but i'm all set now! thanks.
 
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