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Wiring for Lights and Switches

How to Wire Lights and Switches

How to Wire Lights and Switches

Can I wire one common line to three switches that control three lights?

This electrical question came from: Danny, a Homeowner from Manila, Philippines.
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Additional Comments: Very interesting and helpful!

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Danny.

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  1. Mastercraft says:

    I recently discovered your blog and have been really enjoying it. So many great electrical tips for the average man. I’ve been spreading your links through Facebook and Twitter – Hope you don’t mind the free press!

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Thank You Mastercraft Heating
      I am happy to provide helpful electrical wiring information through the blog and website. Your spreading the word is definitely appreciated.
      Thanks Again!

  2. John Stich says:

    In a new home, a working light switch was removed, and a single pole switch was installed. It did not work. A second single pole switch was installed, and the light still did not work. The box has a black wire (power), a red wire and a second black wire which is connected to the bare copper ground wire. In addition, a second switch on the other side of the room now does not work. Could the first switch possibly be a 3-way switch with two wires and a ground? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi John,
      First off, lets gets some background information: What was the original problem that caused you to replace the original switch in the first place?


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