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Understanding 4 Way Switch Wiring


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

4-way switches are a convenient way to operate lighting fixtures from three or more locations – When wiring for three switch controlled locations it is necessary to install two 3-way switches.

Wiring for 4-Way Switch Control From Three Locations

4-Way Switch Question: I have a switch system for a ceiling light fixture controlled from 3 wall switches.

This electrical question came from: Al, a Homeowner from Mount Vernon, Washington
Additional Comments: Easy to submit an electrical problem!

Dave The Electrician’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Al.

Understanding 4-Way Switching

The Following will assist you with 4-Way and 3-way Switch Wiring:

4 Way Switch Wiring



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