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How to Wire Three Way Switches Part 2

3Way Switch Wiring Diagrams

3Way Switch Diagrams #4, #6 and #6

wiring-a-3-way-switch Summary: Continuing on with wiring three way switches, these next three wiring diagrams in this series will help you identify three more possibilities for wiring the power feed and the switch wiring that leads to the light fixture.

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The name "three-way" can be a somewhat misleading because there are only two switches that are used to turn on and off one or more light fixtures from two locations.

An electrician may understand that a three way switch is actually a single pole, double throw switch. What this means is that a three way switch has a common terminal which toggles power from the other two terminals.

A three way switch is unlike a single pole light switch because it does not have an ON or OFF position, and you will not see the ON and OFF markings on a three way switch.

Where are Three Way Switches most commonly used?

Examples where three way switches are found in residential homes:

Hallway Lighting
Install 3way switches at each end of the hallway.

Stairway Lighting
Install 3way switches at the upstairs and downstairs locations.

Garage lighting
Install a 3way switch in the garage, and inside the house.


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3-Way Switching provides switching from two locations
3-way switch wiring diagram #4

3-Way Switch Wiring Diagram #4 above, shows the electric circuit source power starting at the lower 3-way switch.

3-way switch wiring diagram #5

3-Way Switch Wiring Diagram #5 above, shows the electric circuit source power starting at the light fixture box, and the switch wiring leads out to the two 3way light switches.


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The Key to Wiring 3-Way Switches – The Power Feed and the Switch Leg leading to the fixture(s) typically, one at each switch location, are attached to the screw terminal found at one end of the switch by itself


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I have a 6 year old who is terrified to walk down the dark hallway at night to get to the bathroom. I wanted to switch out the 3-way switch for a 3-way dimmer switch so I can leave the light on but dimmed so the whole hallway is illuminated.


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How Can I Have a Light Switch that Has a Light In the Switch?

I have a ceiling light in my bathroom with two 3way switches. I want to add some sort of a light Or lighted switch that would be on when the bathroom light is on, how can I wire this?


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