Learn Electrical Wiring Home Electrical Wiring Book Home Electrical Wiring Home Electrical Course Basic Home Electrical Wiring Course Online FREE Electrical eBook and Newsletter Electrical Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

# 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. © By: Dave Rongey

## 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

Replacing a 3Way Switch with a Time Switch

Converting a 3Way Switch to a Time Switch: Converting the wiring from two 3way switches to become a single timer control is accomplished by converting the wiring so that the power source of the hot and neutral are at the location where the timer will be installed.

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

See more at the Electrical Questions Category Listing.

## A Complete Guide to Home Electrical Wiring

Be sure to get your copy of my BIG Book:
Perfect for Homeowners, Students and Electricians
Includes:
Home Electrical Wiring - Room by Room
120 Volt Circuits
240 Volt Circuits
Multi-Wired Circuits
Wiring Methods for Installing Home Electrical Circuit Wiring
Electrical Codes for Home Electrical Wiring
....and much more.

### RELATED

Fix Light Fixture and Switch Wiring Problems
Fix a problem with a light that your trying to install. Wiring Connections for Light Fixtures and Switches.

Wire a Switched Outlet to Control a Lamp
Wire a Switched Outlet for a Lamp | Identify the Electrical Circuit Wiring, Switched Outlet Wiring Diagram.

Replacing a 3Way Switch with a Time Switch
Converting a 3Way Switch to a Time Switch: Converting the wiring from two 3way switches to become a single timer control is accomplished by converting the wiring so that the power source of the hot and neutral are at the location where the timer will be installed.

Wire a Disconnect Switch for a Tankless Water Heater
I installed a tankless water heater. I put a non-fuseable disconnect between it and the breaker box. How do I wire a 60amp Siemens disconnect switch for a Tankless Water Heater?

Adding an Outlet to a Wall Switch
I wired an outlet from a light switch but the outlet does not work, what did I do wrong? How to Wire a Switch Controlled Outlet.

How to Wire More than One Light Switch
How to Wire a Light Switch | How do I connect the switch wires for one light and connect all white the neutral lines?

Adding a Wire for Two 3Way Switches to Work
3 Way Switch Wiring - My brother was trying to install a 3way switch for under cabinet lighting, he forgot to run a wire from one of the light locations to one of the switches.

Smart Light Switch Wire Connections
I am trying to connect a smart light switch. The existing switch only has two black wires connected to it, which i assume are the line and load wire.

switch - 1552