# How can I connect switches to function the way I want?

This wiring is a disaster...

There are 4 switches in total and 3 lights. Depending on which switch is on, a different combination of lights turn on/off. 0 means switch is "off" and 1 means switch is "on". Order of switches is numerical 1,2,3,4. and results shows which light goes on. i.e: 0100 1st switch off, 2nd on, 3rd and 4th switch off.

0000 No Lights On
0100 Light #1 On
0010 Light #2 On
0001 Light #3 On
0110 Light #1 On (Light #2 should be on)
0011 Light #2 and #3 On
0111 Light #1 On (Lights #2 & #3 should be on)
0101 Light #1 On (Light #3 should be on)
1010 Light #2 On
1001 Light #3 On
1011 Light #2 and #3 On
1101 None Turn On (Lights #1,3 should be on)
1110 None Turn On (Light #1 & #2 Should be on
1100 None Turn On (Light #1 Should be on)
1000 None Turn On
1111 None Turn On (Lights #1,2,3 should be on)

I think I need to create a constant current with Switch #1, but when switch 1 and 2 are both "on" no lights turn on.

There are 4 Boxes in Total.

If all worked properly - I'd like Switch 1 and Switch 2 to be 3-ways turning off light 1, Switch 3 to be single pole switching off light 2, and Switch 4 to be single pole switching off light 3.

I have pictures of each box without the Switches connected that I can send along.

Any insight is greatly appreciated.

• How many locations (boxes) are these switches scattered across? Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 5:56
• Also, are there any switch configurations where lights are on that should not be on? Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 6:37
• What should be the effect of switch #1? According to your "should be"'s it should do nothing. Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 7:32
• Can you include a wiring diagram, that to the best of your knowledge shows how all the switches and lights are wired? Also, could you indicate which switches are single pole and which are 3-way? Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 10:31
• @brenth: You requirements seem doable. I have an abstract circuit diagram ready to go when this question is re-opened. - If you can diagram or accurately describe the relative positions of the switches and lights, and where the cables already run between them, I can post a practical wiring diagram also. Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 18:52