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 should I reconnect my ceiling fan to this three-way circuit?

I am replacing a kitchen ceiling light/fan in a house I just recently purchased. It has two separate cables coming into it. Each contains a red, black, white, and ground wire. The box is controlled by ...
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3 way switch lighting 2 bulbs with independent on/off option

I have the following set-up I would like to be able to turn both on/off at the same time like they are doing now, and also controller each one separately, add another switch on each side that turns ...
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Three way switch replacement [duplicate]

Replacing switch as in pic. Old Switch has no black terminal screw. How do I tell which is the common wire? Red is typically traveler wire but It has the white wire connected to terminal as well ...
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How do you wire multiple lights to a single three way switch

I have two switches that control 4 lights. For some reason all the lights stopped working. I have hooked the lead wire to a switch and daisy chained all the other hot wires together and hook them up ...
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Lights not work, but each wire seems to have 120v

I have a 3 way switch but the lights went out on all associated lights. I went around and tested each light. For each light black & ground together and got 120v. I then tested white/red and ground ...
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Why is my circuit breaker being tripped after removing a light switch?

In my dining room, there is a 2-gang switch box that houses two switches. Switch A is on a completely separate circuit from Switch B. Switch A controls a single light in the dining room, and is the ...
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Should my smart switch be connected to the neutral wire from another cable?

I installed a Leviton smart switch in a 3-way circuit and the corresponding coordinating switch in the picture (right switch). The lights function as they should using both switches. However, I ...
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How to wire switch with 3 cables and outlet where only 1 is affected by switch [closed]

Here is a consolidated version of the situation. There's more outlets that repeat in series and I am not showing grounds. My Fiancee put a new fixture in the closet. It wouldn't turn on. We hired an ...
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How to wire two GE Enbrighten Z-Wave Switches for a Common Bath Fan?

Question: How do I wire two GE Enbrighten Z-Wave switches that control a single bath fan? Background: There are two bathrooms Each bathroom has a switch to control a common bath fan The fan will be ...
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How to daisy chain three lights with a (former) white wire that is now hot

I'm looking for some input on how to "daisy-chain' wire my three canless puck lights (with Wago connectors and portable J-box) in my bathroom ceiling. I asked a question about this yesterday but ...
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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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3-way switch wiring for home built in 1975

I am a bit confused by the wiring of the 3-way switches in my mid-1970s home. Upstairs I have a two-gang box where the right switch has a white traveler atop a red traveler. Both are wired to bronze ...
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Replacing a combination switch to two separate switches (1. Simple light switch and 1 smart switch)

I have an outdoor light that I would like to control with a smart switch and a hallway light that can be a simple switch. Previously, the two were controlled by a non-smart combination switch; I would ...
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rewiring a 3 switch light switch

Hi I have got a light switch at the bottom of the stairs with 3 switches on it. One to turn the stairs lights on, one to turn the outside light on and one that turns a light on at the bottom of the ...
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Issue adding separate single pole dimmer switch next to existing 3 way connection

As the title suggests, I’m having an issue when attempting to add a single pole dimmer switch (one of these guys: https://www.lutron.com/TechnicalDocumentLibrary/0301882.pdf) next to an existing 3-way ...
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Smart 3-way dimmer switch cuts off at full brightness with incandescent bulbs - won't work with LED bulbs?

I installed TREATLIFE smart switches and dimmers throughout our entire home and there is only one 3-way dimmer switch that just won't seem to properly function. These smart switches are from Amazon (...
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Can a three way switch control two lights that have no connection?

Our contractor added a light at the bottom and top of the basement steps, each on separate switches. The top light is on a three-way switch with one of the switches right next to the switch for the ...
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How can I identify my switch wiring for a smart switch?

I have a light that is controlled with 2 switches. I want to control it with a smart switch, so I bought a "3-Way" smart switch, since that's what the online guide said to get. The switch I ...
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Questions about installing a 3-way dimmer switch

I am trying to replace a 3-way switch from Legrand with a dimmer switch from FEIT. I have attached a simple drawing here. Before I make the change, I would like someone to help confirm the electrical ...
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Can I wire an outlet off of this switch?

I have a three way switch that I would like to wire a regular wall outlet off of. The wall outlet would be wired off of the switch in picture #2. The black wire in picture 2 has constant 120V to it. ...
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How do I fix this 2-way switch wiring?

I'm in the UK. This is 240V mains wiring. I have two bulbs (D and E), one at the top and one at the bottom of some stairs. Controlling these bulbs are two sets of light switches (A, B, C). The switch ...
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How to reverse a three way switch?

I have a set of lights that are controlled by two different switches. Flipping either switch at any time always changes the state of the lights (on to off or off to on). I have OCD and so I want both ...
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Wiring a light with both a dimmer and a switch

Can someone explain to me how I would wire a single light with both a dimmer and a switch at different locations? I've added a diagram of how I need this to be but I can't get my head around it. I'm ...
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How can I wire my new wall sconce?

EDITS: added photos I had a hallway with a wall sconce (which I'll call sconce 1), a ceiling light, and a switch on each end that controlled both. I had an electrician put wiring in for a second ...
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What is the name of this electric circuit?

Hotline to L1 on both switch Common (or) traveler connecting the COM on both switches Load goes from L2 on both switches (To light) My house is wired this way. Is there a US electrical reference that ...
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Does it matter where power source is introduced in a three-way circuit?

I am in the process of replacing a single stairway light with a series of three lights (spaced apart). The previous setup included two switches and one light. One of the switches at the bottom of the ...
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Replace 3-way switch with 3-way dimmer

It's my first time doing this kind of work around my house so I just want to confirm my understanding before attempting anything. I want to replace one of the 3-way switch in a room with a 3-way ...
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Wiring a 3-way dimmer switch into my house's odd wiring

My kitchen had 2 existing 3-way switches to control the main kitchen light. These three-way switches functioned as expected -- either one would turn the light on or off. When I decided to replace one ...
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4 way switch circuit with only 3 wires on middle switch

I have a house built in 1967 and don't have neutral on each box. A number of years ago I switched to Insteon switches that "Paired" with each other and did not require a neutral wire. I am ...
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Do I add (where) cable connected light switches or go wireless (what approach - wifi, radio, remote control)? [closed]

I am remodeling my kitchen (a little) - kitchen with one door and two open walls to adjecent rooms. Currently I am installing new ceiling (hanging gypsum board) and I want to add some lights. ...
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Is this a 3-way switch (has 5 terminals)? Can I replace it with lutron 3-way switch?

I have kitchen lights that are controlled from 3 different switches (with one switch a dimmer). Now one of the switches (not the dimmer one) is wobbly and I would like to replace it. When I opened it, ...
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3 wires in 3cables, each black, white and ground inside one plastic enclosed switchbox that has inside slots no screws being replaced

SITUATION: replacing 3 lever switch box connected to one outlet. Inside one of the 3 switchboxes (1) lever this switchbox had 4 plastic non-screw interior connectors called slots instead of screws. I ...
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Adding a wall sconce off of an existing 3-way switch

I have a basement stairwell with 3-way switches (at the top and bottom of the stairs) and a light at the bottom of the stairs. Each switch only has a single 12-3 Romex cable, and the light has two 12-...
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What is the correct way to wire 2 three way switches with a single pole switch when the power line is entering in the middle of the circuit? [duplicate]

I originally asked this over on electronics.stackexchange.com, but they don't seem to have the skills to figure out the correct way to wire this situation. Someone suggested I post it here instead. ...
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Three 4-Way Switches with Central Fan and Individual Lights

I have a situation that I can't find any information for online. A couple quirky things going on that I can't figure out. Unfortunately, I have the switches out and the wires separated. I have three ...
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Bizarre behavior after replacing a three-way switch

I’ve encounter very bizarre behavior when replacing a very old three-way switch in my mother’s old house, and I’m trying to understand just what might be going on. One light is controlled by two three-...
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Help figuring out this three-way switch

I'm trying to upgrade my switches to Enbrighten Smart Dimmers (that require a neutral). I've been successful in one three-way situation, but not in this one. Original Wiring (I’m going to refer to the ...
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Two 3-way switches wiring to control two lights

I did some searches but cannot find the answer(s). I have two 3-way switches that control two lights. I am trying to convert them to smart switches and trying to figure out which kind to get. I opened ...
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Multiple outlets between two 3 way switches

I have multiple outlets (5) in between two 3-ways. I've gotten the outlet closest to the source switch to work w/ both switches but I need to rewire the rest. I am running one 14/3 on this circuit. ...
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Getting voltage on both travellers on a 3-way switch

I recently moved into my current home. I tried to replace a lot of the switches to smart switches, and most of them worked except one. After switching that one (one of the two 3 way switches) to a ...
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Where can I find a triple three-way switch for a single-gang box?

I recently bought a house built in the 60s and am updating all the switches to be uniform and rocker type. I have a single gang box with a triple switch where all are 3 way. Does this even exist ...
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Changing some light switches around the home

Old 3 ways light switch... Hey guys I hope yall ok. I came this three way switch in the home. It's out of date. Trying to change then I notice something different. Around the house is black wires ...
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Turning on light no matter which switch is on

I have 3 lights in my house which are controlled by 3 individual or single pole switches. Now I want to add another 4th light which should be controlled by these 3 switches meaning if at least one out ...
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Outlet drop from 3 way Switch that doesn't have incoming power

I have a light in my kitchen with three-way switches. Power comes into the first switch and leaves with a red traveler wire. Black white and red wires come into the second three-way switch. I want to ...
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Help with 4-way (5 switches, 2 lights) wiring and Inovelli / Lutron Caseta Pico replacements

I've got a wiring setup that I'm trying to wrap my head around in order to replace the existing switches with a single smart switch (Inovelli Dimmer) and multiple Lutron Pico remotes. This will ...
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Perilex wall plug and multi switch configuration issues

I am having a serious issue with my mechanical ventilation system. I have replaced the old one and bought a new one from the same brand and with the connection (dammm Perilex!). I thought that the ...
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Am I installing this 3-way light switch correctly?

I'm currently planning on replacing a 3-way switch for the lights in my room with a motion-sensing one. Currently, the setup is as follows (refer to photos below): On the switch with incoming power, ...
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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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When am I *required* to add a neutral to a three-way switch, and what is the best way to do so?

I have a 3-way switch wiring situation that to my understanding is no longer to code because there is no neutral wire in one of the boxes - for some dimmers and smart switches, I would need to add a ...
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Ceiling fan light powered by two 3-way switches, but also by fan's single pole switch. Is it safe to replace the 3-way switch with a smart dimmer?

I have a very weird setup for my living room, and at first I didn't actually realize what was happening until I started looking into replacing a 3-way switch with a 3-way smart dimmer (Leviton DZ6HD ...
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