Questions tagged [multiway-switch]

Use this tag for any time lights, fans, or devices are controlled from more than one wall switch location.

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Light switch wiring rats nest

Fixing some switches and adding Wifi switches to a home I just bought. I pulled out some old style switches from this box and added 2 WiFi switches plus a 3 way paddle on the right. I believe a 3-...
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No neutral in metal switch box for three-way switches in an older 1930's home

This is a 1936 home in Virginia with BX wiring and metal switch and outlet boxes. We went to replace original three-way light switches located at the top and the bottom of the stairs controlling a ...
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3-way switches no longer serving their purpose

I apologise if there is an answer to my question in one of the other multiple 3 way switch questions, but if there is I couldn't find it. I just bought an old house, built in 1967. I'm replacing the ...
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Does true wireless 3-way switch exist?

I currently have a 3-way switch setup which is made up of two 3-way switches to control a hallway light. Due to oversight, an additional (4-way) light switch is much desired in the middle of the ...
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Remove a 3 way switch to install fan remote

Newb so be gentle. I installed a fan that doesn't seem to be wired for a separate fan and light switch at the wall, so I capped off the red wire from the ceiling at the fan, and installed the fan ...
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Convert Three Way to Single Smart Switch

I have two switches set up as a 3-way and I'd like to take out one and install a smart switch for the other. I know I need a neutral, and I thought things would be good when I looked inside, but it ...
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Light Fixture Stopped Working After Replacing Its Three-Way Switch

I have a halogen light fixture that is powered by a three-way switch at the top of the stairs and another three-way switch at the bottom of the stairs. After I replaced both switches with new 3-way ...
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replaced fan - stuff gets weird

I installed a new ceiling fan that has a remote switch box. Everything worked fine. I couldn’t tell what colors the wires were in the ceiling, but followed the wiring that was already there. Now, the ...
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changing from a 4-way switch to a 3-way switch

Hi, I have a 4-way switched light in my entryway. I am hoping to install a 3 way smart switch for this light and cap off one of the switches. Referencing the attached picture, I am hoping to replace ...
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How do I separate two 3-way switches to control lights separately?

I have a porch light and three outside lights, along the garage, controlled by two three-way switches. One switch is inside by the front door and I would like this one to control the front porch ...
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Switch with 2 red, 2 black and 1 ground wire

I have a switch indoors which controls two outdoor daylights. I opened the wall plate and found that it has two red wires and two black wires and one ground (so 5 terminals in all). I stuck a ...
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Help with 2 Dimmer Switches and bad wiring

Two dimmers in one "box", each going to a separate room. One set of lights started to flicker, so I figured I needed to replace the switch. I've done dimmers before. But when I opened the box, whoever ...
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multi light 1 switch each, and one switch for the all light

in my garden i have 6 lights each one have a switch, last week i connect all the lights to one switch so all the 6 lights will turn on with one switch, but some time i don't need all the 6 lights on, ...
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Three way switch with intermittent light functionality

I have a fluorescent light fixture in my kitchen that works intermittently. Or, rather, has been working intermittently, but now has stopped working. I suspected that one of the three way switches ...
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Indicator Lamp (LED) on 3-Way Switch

So I bought this home a few months ago and I removed all the outlets and switches to replace room by room. In the breakfast room just inside from the garage, there was a switch plate with a small ...
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3-way switches don't have power

My house is 100 years old. Two bulbs (one on the first and one on the second floor) are controlled by two switches (one on the first floor and one on the second). I checked the both switches. They ...
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Swapped out light switch and now WIRES have no power?

We’ve been swapping out all our outlets and switches in our house....with minimal problems until today. In our living room we have a dimmer switch on one wall that controls our overhead light. On ...
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3-way switch and top only hot outlet troubleshooting

We're trying to fix some electrical issues done by our house's previous owners and while doing so, somehow we lost the ability to control the top half of our outlets using a light switch. Long story ...
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Wiring new light switch

I am trying to install a motion activated light switch in my basement of my condo in the United States. On the switch it states that it's max load is 500 watts which should be plenty since the switch ...
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Timer with a Dimmer Switch

I have exterior lights on a timer switch. The lights are too bright. Can I add a dimmer switch to adjust the brightness? And change the timer switch to a three-way switch. Will that work?
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Do I need a neutral on the other end of a three-way switch?

I'm looking at adding a three-way switch to a room. I'll probably drop the hot and neutral into Box #1, but 12/2/2 (hot, 2x travelers and a neutral) is fairly esoteric cable (nobody locally sells it ...
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Fixing the wiring with a three way and a single pole combination

I am having a little difficulty fixing the wiring in my house. I have a stairwell with a 3 way at the bottom and at the top is my upper bedroom. There, I have a combination switch with a single pole ...
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Are all switches in a 4-way circuit the same?

I have a four way switch in the house (I assume that is the correct term, 4 switches all controling the same light; flipping any one of them toggles the light; no other lights are affected). I am ...
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Wiring ceiling fan/light properly on 2 different floors

I have a room with a cathedral ceiling and a mezzanine. On the ceiling I installed a ceiling fan with a light. I want to be able to control "three-way style" the fan and the light from the 2 floors (...
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Need help wiring a 3 way switch

So my wife and I moved into a new-to-us house with almond switches/outlets and we wanted to change them to white. Everything has been going swimmingly until my wife decided to do a 3-gang light switch ...
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wiring of occupancy switch in 3-way situation (odd-looking instructions)

I'm looking to replace one of the two switches (wired in a standard 3-way configuration) which control an overhead light in a utility room, with an occupancy sensor switch. The room is small enough ...
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3-way chandelier switch strange behavior

I have a chandelier with 12x 100w incandescent bulbs and controlled by 2 3-way dimmers. I was going to replace the bulbs with LEDs, and I didn't think the dimmers were rated for LEDs, so I decided to ...
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Installing Levitron Digital Dimmer with Matching Remote

I have a Levitron Digital Dimmer (DDL06-1LZ) and matching remote (DD00R-DLZ). Dimmer is at bottom of the stairs and the remote at the top. Wire it all according to the diagram and dimmer doesn't ...
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Extending circuit from dead-end 3-way switch

I have a dead end 3-way switch in a 2-gang box. The switch is fed with a 14/4 cable using black as common, red and blue travellers, and white as a capped neutral per code. I would like to add a ...
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Installing one way light switch

I accidentally bought a one-way switch for a receptacle that is wired for a three-way switch. I found that the only way it works so far is: Connect the two black wires from the wall to the black wire ...
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Why would both switches on a 3-way switch fail simultaneously?

My kitchen has six canister lights controlled by a pair of 3-way switches. Yesterday, I flipped one of the switches on and nothing happened. I tried the other with the same result. When I check ...
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Wiring a 3 way Leviton VPT24-1PZ Vizia 24-Hour Programmable Light Switch

I'm trying to install a Leviton VPT24-1PZ Vizia 24-Hour Programmable light switch replacing an existing 3 way switch. the electrical box for this switch only has a black wire, white wire, red wire ...
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Bypass a three-way switch for the next single pole switch in the same circuit to work on a different light?

Is there a way to bypass a three-way switch for the next single pole switch in the same circuit to work on a different light? I have four lights on one circuit with two of them on three-way switches....
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Help with replacing 3 way switch with a smart 3 way switch

I'm trying to replace existing 3 way switches with 3 way smart switches to control the lights of my light/fan combo. The current set up is a dimmer in 1 location and a toggle switch on the other side ...
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Rewire a string of lights using 14/3 or can I add a red wire?

I have a situation where I have a switch at the bottom of the stairs that turns on a set of canned lights on the same circuit. The current wire used is 14/2. I am in the process of finishing the ...
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Ceiling fan/light controller for two on a 3-way circuit?

I have two ceiling fan/light combos controlled by two three way switches. They formerly each had RL-103 controllers but without proper wall controls so operation was inconvenient. What controller can ...
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14-2 and 14-3 into one box

In my basement wiring diagram - in Box #1 -- I have a 14-2 cable from the panel and a 14-3 cable terminating a 3 way switch (6 & 7) from the same circuit. Is this ok, normal, against code, ...
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Determining which 3 way switch is wired wrong

I have two 3 way switches controlling one light. Sometimes when the light is on neither switch will turn off the light but one of the switches will turn light off if switch is placed half way between ...
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switch box red wire connected to white?

i'm installing smart switches, and found the neutral in another area so i assumed it'd be in all the switch boxes. Well not these two. It's a 3 way switch, and in the back of it there are white wires ...
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2 light switches controlling one light fixture?

In my family room I have a light fixture. There are two light switches controlling this fixture. Yesterday I decided I want to get rid of the ugly brown switches, and change these to light. I have ...
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3-way switch tied to box, one switch removed, can't make sense of it

I'm starting the question over.I'm having a hard time making sense of what's going on and I found out the other switch wasn't removed. I have a light connected to two switches. One switch isn't ...
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Replacing two 3-way dimmer switches with two non-dimmer 3-way switches

I had two Lutron 3-way dimmer switches for my bedroom lights. They looked something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Lutron-MAW603RH-WH-Electronics-Maestro-Dimmer/dp/B000BQMVXC I replaced the bulbs ...
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What is the correct way to wire a 3 way switch where power comes into the middle switch?

I found checked two books and neither had the diagram. Only I found two separate diagrams that did not work. The setup: Box 1 with 3 wire runs to box 2. Box 2 has 2 wire power in, 2 wire to light ...
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Basement lighting four rooms

So in my basement I want to add lights to 4 rooms. A total of 18 LED lights on 5 switches from one power feed. This would be a 15 A feed all 14-2 wire. Switches 2 & 3 would be a 3 way switch ...
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Problem with stair switching for light (3 way)

I just did an electrical survey of my house receptacles and fixtures. All voltages are around 119.5V except one. On the light that is controlled by 2 switches (ie on 2 different levels of the house) ...
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Continuous power between multi-gang boxes with 3 way switches

Apologies if this question is answered elsewhere. I couldn't find it specifically. I'm planning on installing two multi-gang switch boxes, where all of the switched lighting will be on the same ...
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Adding Light to Existing 3-Way Switch Configuration

I currently have a 3-Way light setup like the one pictured below but I want to add an additional light to the circuit on the right hand side switch. I can not add any wires between the two lights as ...
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3 way switch with outlet always live

First box has 14/2 from panel, 14/2 to outlet, 14/3 to the other switch Second box has 14/3 from the first switch and 14/2 to the light.. how can I wire these up for 3 way switch.
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Two Lutron occupancy dimmers for one light

My setup is as follows. Hot -> occupancy dimmer 1 -> traveler 1 -> light load Hot -> traveler 2 -> occupancy dimmer 2 -> light load It works ok, if they are both triggered at %50 dim the light turns ...
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When installing a three way dimmer switch, does it matter which switch is the dimmer?

My grandmother called me the other day to troubleshoot from half way accross the country. She installed a three way dimmer switch in her dinning room at the location most used. It turns the light on ...