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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How does a three-way light switch work?

A three-way light switch allows the light to be controlled from two locations. How does this work?
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Smart switch wiring with no neutral

Long time reader, first time poster. Working on updates for our new house and I bought a few lutron caseta switches the other day to wire up in our front entryway. I went with the PD-6ans which ...
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Two 3-way switches from one source

I have two light fixtures that I'd like to have on separate 3-way switches. Can I do that from one power source? Can I split/daisy chain the power source and 'travel' them to each light fixture and ...
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3 way dimmer switch - need help

Installing a new 3 way dimmer switch - on the back of it there is the green grounding wire, the white neutral wire, 2 'traveler' outlets and 1 line/load outlet. However, the wiring when I removed the ...
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Is it safe to use the ground as a neutral when other grounds are available?

I moved into a new house and was working on making a three way switch work properly when I came across some creative wiring. The traveling wire between the switches was only two wires, and the ground ...
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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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Multi gang switch boxes - Is it okay to keep the same branch neutrals separated for the different lighting/switching circuits?

I recently learned from this community about the importance of keeping currents balanced in each cable. In other words, current in one direction should be canceled by the same amount of current ...
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Is this 3 switch wiring arrangement allowed by code?

I have a hallway light fixture with three switches. When the circuit is off, a small voltage persists to the fixture causing LED and CFL bulbs to stop working prematurely. It is believed that the ...
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Electrical wiring confusion for three bathroom lights daisy-chained to a three-way switch

Not sure where to ask this question. I would like some input if possible. I had three puck lights daisy-chained on my bathroom ceiling. Because we're under construction I had these in place ...
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Three way switch circuit leaking voltage

I have a hallway light fixture controlled by three switches (panel -> 3 way -> 4 way -> 3 way -> fixture). Lights in this fixture routinely burn out within 6 months (incandescent, cfl and ...
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Can I use this external light switch to supply an outside circuit?

I have just moved in to a new home in the northwestern part of the UK. I have a light switch that switches an outside light. I want to use that power to have electricity in the garden including ...
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Wiring Help Lutron Diva Dimmer and Claro 3-Way with Claro First in Line

I am having trouble figuring this out. Attached is a diagram, best I could do given the tools I have. Please remember I am not an electrician so explain like I am 5 please. In a nutshell, the 14/2 ...
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Should a smart switch (that requires a neutral wire) cause my non-contact voltage tester to beep?

I installed 3 smart switches which are all on the same circuit in my house. I have never changed a light switch before, but I followed the directions very closely and watched a couple of Youtube ...
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Wiring a 3 Pole Meross Light Switch

I've got a three-pole light switch that I would like to get wired up in my house, and after opening the panels it appears that the wiring is nontraditional: The Fixture: Ceiling Fan with light ...
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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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Looking for triple 3-way switch [closed]

Where can I find a triple, 3-way switch (toggle style) were all of the switches are 3-way. All triple switches I find only have one 3-way, the other two switches are single pole. Here’s why I need a ...
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Weird 3 Way Chandelier Stopped Working

I have a 3 way switch connected to a chandelier which is somehow not getting power. All the light bulbs work, but none switch on. I know it's getting power because an electronic timer connected on ...
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Modifying strange 3 way switch wiring

Just moved into a house, and wanting to replace one of the 3 way switches with this item: zwave switch From what I can tell the two switches each have three wires in them, well 4 incl ground. They ...
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