Help With 4 Way Switch Wiring
How to Wire a 4 Way Switch – Here are some fully explained 4 way switch diagrams. 4-way switches are a convenient way to operate lighting fixtures from three or more locations. You will notice that the electrical wiring adds additional wiring to the same principles of 3-way switching.
Essential 4 Way Switch Wiring Diagrams
Electrical Question: I tried to wire a four way switch with the power coming though the fixture. I actually had it coming through 2 fixtures. No matter what I did it wouldn’t work, lights were dim. If I disconnected the 2nd light (fixture) it was fine. In the end I connected the power through the last switch box where I had another circuit. My question is, how can a 4 way switch be wired with the power coming through 2 fixtures?
This electrical wiring question came from: Peter, a Homeowner from Rockaway, NJ
Additional Comments: Very helpful
Thanks for your home electrical repair question Peter.
Easy to Understand 4 Way Switch Wiring Diagrams
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the light circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Peter, the following links will assist you with your 4 way switch wiring.
4 Way Switch Wiring
How to Wire a 4 Way Switch
Here are some fully explained 4 way switch diagrams. 4-way switches are a convenient way to operate lighting fixtures from three or more locations. You will notice that the electrical wiring adds additional wiring to the same principles of 3-way switching.
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