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3 way switch, possible compatibility issue?

I’ve been remodeling houses for 20+ years and have never seen the issue I’m having before ,if a dimmer wasn’t in the circuit. Replacing switches to new style (not “smart” rocker switches. Replaced ...
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Wiring diagram for 3 way switches at end of parallel circuit

I have a wiring diagram that is similar to what I have but not quite. I have power running into the rest of the new school room but am unsure what my screw up is on this DIY project. For clarity, I ...
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3-way switch with lights attached to both switches

What's the correct way to wire two 3-way switches that each have lights attached to them? This is my guestimate... I saw this exact question from 2017 but had trouble following the diagram, and am ...
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4-way Switch, and two 3-Way Switches, controlling two stairway lights?

I have three switches, one is four way, two or three way, and they control two stairway lights. The four-way switch is in a bedroom in the basement. I want all the switches to work together so that ...
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Run single strand of K&T wire through conduit under floor?

I have a contractor putting a pocket door in a wall in our 1925 house. He removed plaster from one side of the wall and exposed a single strand of Knob and Tube wiring right where the door needs to ...
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Can one load be controlled with three 3-way switches?

I recently bought a house and the 3 switches controlling one light fixture aren't working properly. Here is a diagram of the three 3-way switches and wires: The first thing that comes to mind is: ...
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Dynamically switching modes -- pair of 3-way switches controlling pair of lights vs. individual control of each light from nearest switch

I want to add a switch to an existing lighting circuit to toggle the function of the circuit. Currently, I have a 'standard' 3-way lighting circuit with two switches at opposite ends of a space, ...
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Changing a 3-way switch to a smart switch that controls a bank of outlets

Summarize the problem I am trying to replace an existing 3 way switch with a smart light switch (Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch, 3-Way | HS210). The existing switch has wiring I can't quite figure out, ...
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Troubleshooting Sonoff ZBMINIL2 installation for 2-way switch integration with Home Assistant

I purchased a Sonoff ZBMINIL2 to transform a 2-way switch setup into a smart switch for integration with Home Assistant. These two 2-way switches control a standard ceiling light. Following a ...
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How do I wire a a new light switch to old wiring?

The far right (looking from the back) is one way and the left is two way. How would I wire this into a new socket? I presume it’s still the two red live into the 2 way, etc. The new device: The ...
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Separating two lights from one switch

I recently converted one big room into two. The original lighting in the room was two ceiling fans on one switch. When building the separating wall I pre-installed a new switch and stubbed up about 20 ...
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More 3 way working questions

First of all I wanna thank those that replied to my original question where the basic answer was - you don’t have a neutral wire and need to get a switch or switches that don’t require one. So I did ...
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How should I install a three-way smart light switch in this situation?

This wiring is in a house that was built in the late 1980s. The junction boxes in question are located in two ends of the kitchen. One junction box has 4 switches (located at Kitchen entry), and the ...
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Single pole switch at the end of a three way switch

I have a pair of 3-way switches in the basement, the switch furthest from the power source is by a walkout door. There is a light outside the door which uses a switch that connects to the 3-way ...
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Identifying which is neutral in 3-way wiring

I am doing a kitchen remodel that involves some rewiring. I am wiring a 3-way light switch, and my wiring diagram looks like the following drawing: However, the light does not turn on in all 4 ...
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What is a traveler wire and how does it work?

I have been doing little bits of electrical lately, mostly wiring up basic single pole switches and outlets and I have been trying to learn more as I go. When looking at some diagrams for 3 way ...
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How can I get a hot wire in this 2-gang with only traveler wires?

Edit: I know my initial question was a bit tricky to understand, so here are some pictures as requested. In the box I have two 3-way switches for different light circuits. I want to put a put a ...
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Add an additional light to the end of a standard three-way switch/light configuration

I've seen this question before, and I found one answer that sounds feasible. I need to add a light at the top of a stairwell that has a three-way switch/light configuration, BUT, I cannot fish ...
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How do I maintain equal hot and neutral paths when wiring 3-way switches with lights on both ends using a /4 wire between them

This is a follow-up question to the answer by Harper - Reinstate Monica https://diy.stackexchange.com/a/110881/181433 the suggestion to use a /4 wire is what I have been trying to implement in ...
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Adding a dimmer switch [closed]

I bought a dimmer switch that is digital and it is a remote switch. Come to find out you need a master switch to run two dimmer switches to one light. The only way to get the master switch is to buy ...
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Is this light-switch wiring safe and up to code? Kasa wifi switch next to 3-way rocker switch

My house was built in 1979. Today I replaced these 2 lights switches. The left switch was a simple switch. The right one was a 3-way switch (i.e. there is another switch that also controls the same ...
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3 way switch for hallway

I just bought my first house. I was changing out the yellow switches for flat white ones. I took everything apart and put it back together the same way but now I'm running into issues where I either ...
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By UK electrical standards, can I have two lighting circuits go into the same double switch?

I would like to add an intermediate switch to an existing lighting circuit. I would prefer not to cut a new hole in my wall for a completely separate switch and so my ideal choice is to replace an ...
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What does a 3-way switch with neutral and black tape mean?

While replacing a failing 3-way toggle switch I noticed 2 unfamiliar things in the switch wiring: A white neutral. I have not come across switches with neutral connections in my limited time as a ...
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Add smart switch to 2-way switch

I live in Spain. I have this switch near my door: Black is live and the 2 greys go to the switch/outlet in my bedside: The squares are switch to the left and outlet to the right. Green/Yellow is ...
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Motion (vacancy) sensor 3-way with dimmer switch other end

I’ve wired a Lutron MS-VPS5M (vacancy, supports 3-way wiring) switch to the inside of a walk-in closet, so it will turn off 5 min after someone departs the closet. I’ve also wired 3-way dimmer switch ...
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Replacing a three-way switch wiring with smart switch(es), is it possible?

I have a 3-way setup and I'd love to make it smart, but I'm not sure how. Here's my setup: Box #1: 2 Wire Cable (Black, White) + 3 Wire Cable (Black, White, Red) Box #2: 3 Wire Cable (Black, White, ...
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Wiring 2 Speed Blower Motor To DPDT / 3 Prong Plug

I was hoping to get confirmation on how to wire this up properly. I’m wiring a 2 speed blower motor to a DPDT switch for high/off/low functionality, and from there to a 3 prong power cable. Blower ...
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4 way switch replacement

I am replacing a 4 way switch, and I'm confused where the wires need to go on the new switch. The old switch had a pair(A) of red and black wires going to 2 terminals labeled line 1, and another pair(...
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Wall socket not working after changing lighting connection

I am having a problem in my apartment after making changes to the lighting switches. I live in Germany and live in my own apartment. We had one multi-way switch and one normal switch which controls ...
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How to Join Single Pole Light to 3-Way Light in Shared Box?

I have a 2gang box with a single pole switch and a 3way switch. I am trying to figure out if it is possible with the current wiring to remove the single pole, and control both lights from the existing ...
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How to replace two-way light switches with two black and two red wires?

I'm in the US/East Coast. I'm trying to replace my two-way kitchen light switches but I don't understand the wiring. At switch #1, there are 4 wires that connect to the switch. I get that I need to ...
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Help with 3-way switch/light troubleshooting

I've been helping a friend out to add some improvements to his house, and we've run into some issues with a 3-way switch/light setup and could use some assistance. For context, he bought the house ~3 ...
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Best inline lamp switch for intended use

I am planning to DIY a lamp for my wife for our bedroom. Current idea is to have two different lighting features contained in the same lamp. Idea being your standard lamp(A), and am going to be ...
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3-way light switch,faulty sensor switch or incorrect wiring?

I am looking to replace one my 3-way toggle switch to a 3-way sensor switch (Leviton DOS05). After wiring per instruction provided, the second switch (non-sensor) does not work unless the sensor ...
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3-way Fixture Wiring Question

A handyman replaced a light fixture for my sister, but badly screwed up the wiring such that it no longer turns off by either switch (everything worked fine with the old fixture). I just got here and ...
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Two light three way circuit to Single light three way, single light single pole

I have two existing dining room lights that are controlled via a three switch. The existing wiring has two switch locations: Box 1 (garage) One 12-2 romex (black to black terminal on 3-way) One 12-3 ...
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How do I wire up these two sconces?

I need some help to correctly rewire some sconces. The bedroom had these sconces missing for years and I am putting in new ones, but I am getting a tad confused on correctly wiring them back up. I'll ...
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Is it possible/safe to fork one LINE wire for two light circuits?

The kitchen in my house opens out into the family room. On the far side of the kitchen, there is a 2-gang switch box [AB], on the near side of the family room is a 1-gang switch box [C]. - ---...
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14 volts on bare copper ground wire at light switch with breaker off & low volts on hot wire with breaker on

so I have two light switches on each end of our hallway that controls the hall lights (3 way switches). For years it hasn't worked or one of the switches were bad, because you could wiggle it, and the ...
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Light fixture troubleshooting

Light fixture in basement stopped working. Checked the bulb and wiring and looked good. When I use the switch in a 3 way switch set up, the light fixture only works if the adjacent recessed ceiling ...
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Possible to covert normal switch to three way?

I'm in the middle of a home renovation project (not doing it myself) and I purchased some nice brass light switches for my office. There are two places in the room where we have switches and they are ...
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Installing leviton ODS10 motion occupancy switch on 3 way switch

I'm trying to install a motion sensor occupancy switch on a 3 way switch. It can be used with sensors in 2 locations as shown in instructions below, but I want to use the regular switch at the other ...
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Replace 3-way switches with motion sensors [duplicate]

In my pass-through (i.e. two entryways at opposite ends) laundry room, where people walk in holding laundry baskets with both hands, I'd like to replace the two 3-way switches with motion-sensor ...
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4-Way Light switch

A light fixture hooked up to 3 light switches is a 4-way light switch not 3-way, right? I'm having a lot of trouble with it with flickering lights and the lights turning on full brightness the 2 ...
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How to add a kill switch to a 3-way light switch

I'm not good with electrical terms, so please keep it dumbed down for me. The ones I use here are probably the only ones I know. I have an existing 3-way switch setup (2 light switches that both work ...
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Bathroom Lighting Switch/Motion Sensor solution

I have a bathroom mirror with built in led lighting around the mirror casing. It is controlled by a touch switch on the front of the mirror. I would like to control the light by using a motion ...
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Smart Switch Newbie Electrical Question (2 black lines)

TLDR: What do I do with this "extra" black wire on my existing switches to replace them with two Kasa smart dimming switches? EXISTING SWITCH: EXISTING SWITCH EXPOSED: NEW SWITCH (I have ...
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Three-way circuit where one switch also toggles an extra light fixture on/off

I'm trying to figure out a circuit in my home that operates two sets of lights: a set of track lights over the stairwell, and a light fixture at the end of the upstairs balcony. At the bottom of the ...
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Can't figure out wiring in this three way switch

I have a pair of three way switches at the ends of my hallway that control a ceiling light and I'm working to replace them with new switches. I pulled out the old switch and put all the wires back on ...
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