I had to replace an improperly used plastic ceiling box with a metal box to correctly ground existing old armored cable. I thought I took a picture of the box before but I don't have it so I'm having trouble reconnecting the light. Off of this box are:

  • Single pole switch for overhead bedroom light
  • Two 3 way switches for bedroom closet and hallway light (both go on and off at same time)

With how it is currently wired, the single pole switch/light are working and the closet light is working with the 3 way switches. I am not sure how to reconnect the hallway light so that it also goes on/off with the closet light and 3 way.

Thanks in advance.

This is where the hallway fixture goes: ceiling box

On the left is the bedroom overhead light. On the right is the 3 way for the hallway light and closet light (these are supposed to come on at the same time): 2-gang switch box

The other 3 way for the hallway and closet light: 1-gang switch box

  • You've done well to include a picture! (Amazing how many people don't.) It would be even more helpful if you could label the wiring we can see.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Jun 22, 2020 at 17:39
  • Can you post photos of the insides of the switch boxes involved please? Commented Jun 23, 2020 at 0:25
  • I added photos of the switch boxes, thanks.
    – Vincent
    Commented Jun 24, 2020 at 22:07
  • Which fixture did the box in the first photo serve, if any, and which switch in the second and third photos is which? Commented Jun 25, 2020 at 1:12
  • The ceiling box in photo 1 is where the hallway light was connected. The switch on the left in photo 2 is for the bedroom overhead light, switch on the right is the 3 way for the hallway light and closet light (these are supposed to come on at the same time). Switch in photo 3 is the other 3 way for the hallway and closet light.
    – Vincent
    Commented Jun 26, 2020 at 12:14

1 Answer 1


Copied from my comment as an answer: I took off the working closet light and it is a black/white wire going to the fixture. I traced this wire back to the ceiling box and the black wire goes to #4, white goes to #1. Red wire in #1 is always hot, black wires in #4 are hot when the light is on. Wired my fixture the same as the wire to the closet light - black to #4 and white to #1 bundle and it works now. Thanks!

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