Adding a Light Fixture to a 3 Way Switch
3 Way Switch Wiring Diagrams: There are wiring modifications which would allow you to accomplish what you are trying to do, however the specific 3-way switch method that you now have must be identified.
Light Fixtures and 3 Way Switch Diagrams
Electrical Question: I have added an additional light (sconce) to a three way switch.
- I have “scabbed” the neutral (white) from a near by outlet because there isn’t a neutral (white) wire in the switch box. I tried to wire nut the new light to either leg (red or black) and if it is connected to the black leg the switch that is “local” can turn the light off, but the other switch cannot and vise versa happens when I connect to the red side.
- Do I need a different switch?
This electrical wiring question came from: Tom, a Homeowner from Gretna, NE
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Tom.
3 Way Switch Wiring Diagrams
- A neutral wire should never be “scabbed” or used with another circuit as this question describes.
- This practice may result in a dangerous condition.
- There are wiring modifications which would allow you to accomplish what you are trying to do, however the specific 3-way switch method that you now have must be identified.
- I have prepared an extensive guide which will help you with your 3-way switches and light fixture wiring.
The Following will assist you with 3 Way Switch Wiring Diagrams
3 Way Switch Diagram
3 Way Switch Diagram
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