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3 Way Switch Diagrams for Multiple Lights


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

3 Way Switch Diagrams for Multiple Light Fixtures: It is true that there are several wiring configurations for wiring 3-way light switches, and all of the wiring configurations will depend on where the incoming circuit power is located and once that is identified the rest of the three way wiring connections are straight forward.

3 Way Switch Wiring Diagrams

Electrical Question: Could you please provide diagrams for:

  1. Multiple lights between 2 3-way switches.
  2. Multiple lights between 2 3-way switches, with additional lights beyond the second switch.
  3. In both cases, the power originates at the first switch.

Thanks.

This electrical wiring question came from: Buzz, a Homeowner from Westport Point, MA.

Additional Comments: Great website – clear diagrams and good information.

Dave the Electrician’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Buzz.

Preparation for Wiring 3-Way Light Switches
Application: 3-Way Light Switches
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the lighting circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional 3-way switch wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Materials: Make sure replacement 3-way light switches have the same amperage and voltage rating as the original three way light switch, and is the switch is fully compatible with the electrical circuit, the light fixture and the type of light bulbs being used.

3 Way Switch Diagrams for Multiple Light Fixtures

It is true that there are several wiring configurations for wiring 3-way light switches, and all of the wiring configurations will depend on where the incoming circuit power is located and once that is identified the rest of the three way wiring connections are straight forward.

Easy to Understand 3 Way Switch Wiring Diagrams:

3 Way Switch Diagram
3 Way Switch Diagram

 

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