3 way and 4 way switches are often used for applications where 3 or more switches are required.
Ideal locations would be a long hallway where there are more than two bedrooms and bathrooms which are accessed from the same hallway.
Light switches for the hallway light may be conveniently located outside each door leading into the hallway. In these applications 3 way and 4 way light switches may be used.
3way and 4way Switch Wiring Diagram
Special planning must be taken when wiring 3way and 4way switches that will work together in the same area.
The 3-ware cable is installed through each light switch box location, however the 3wauy switches are installed at each end of the hallway and 4way switches are installed in all the switch locations in between the 3way switch locations.
There are several ways to wire 3way and 4way switches, but the key to wiring then is where the power enters the switching circuit , and where the wiring feeds up to the light fixtures.
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Electrical Project Skill Level:
Beginner to Intermediate.
Electrical Tools Required:
Basic Electricians Pouch of Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Depends on personal level of experience, ability to work with hand tools used for wiring switches, and the available access to the project area. Electrical Safety:
Identify the lighting circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Electric Switch Parts and Materials:
Electrical parts and materials for wiring switches should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
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Installing additional electrical wiring for light switches should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
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