# How to Wire Three Way Switches Part 2

## 3Way Switch Wiring Diagrams

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

 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.

## How to Wire a 3Way and 4Way Light Switches

### So Keep Watching So I Can Help You Wire it Right!

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.

## 3-Way Switch Wiring

3-Way Switching provides switching from two locations

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 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.

## More about Wiring 3way Switches

How To Fix 3Way Light Switch Wiring Video

How to Get Your 3Way Light Switches Working: The Most Common Problems with 3Way Switches and How to Fix Them.

How to Light Up a Dark Hallway

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.

Installing Three Way Dimmer Light Switches

How to Install One or Two 3-Way Dimmer Switches: I have 4 kitchen ceiling lights that are currently controlled by two 3-way switches. I’d like to add a dimmer.

Wiring Diagrams for 3-Way Switches

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

Wiring a Wemo Light Switch on a 3-way switch

I’m installing a Wemo 3way WiFi Switch replacing an existing 3-way switch.

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Includes:
Methods for Home Electrical Wiring
Types of Light Switches and Lighting Controls How They are Wired
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Wiring 3-Way Switches
Wiring 4-Way Switches
Wiring Dimmer Switches
How to Make Your Own Light Fixtures
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## The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!

The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.

## The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!

The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.

## Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!

The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..

The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.

## Switches Parts and Accessories

Light Switch Single Pole

3 Way Light Switch

4 Way Light Switch

Switch and Outlet Combo

Dimmer Switch

### More about 3 way switches

Why Is My Bathroom Light Fixture Not Working?
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How to find out what is causing a buzz and crackle sound in the electric box. How to Locate the Cause of Electrical Circuit Buzz or Crackle, The Most Common Problems that Cause Electrical Circuit Buzz or Crackle and What Should Be Done.W-909 C-35

How to Fix a Dusk to Dawn Light Fixture
How to Repair a Dusk to Dawn Light or Motion Detector Light Fixture: The Security Light Fixture TEST Setting Functions, Replacing a Motion Detector Head on a Dusk to Dawn Fixture, How to Test a Photo Cell.W-781 C-25

Wiring Connections when Adding Light Fixtures
I am adding more light fixtures, the new lights do not work, but the original light does work, what did I do wrong? Common Wiring Problems with Light Fixtures and Dimmer Switches and How to Fix Them.W-811 C-24

How To Solve Ceiling Fan Wiring Problems
How Can I Fix a Wiring Problem with my Ceiling Fan and Switches? How to Identify Ceiling Fan and Light Switch Wiring Problems, Troubleshoot and Repair Ceiling Fan and Switch Wiring.W-606 C-8

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