Light Fixtures and Three Way Switches
How to Wire a Light Fixture to a 3-Way Switch: The easiest way to add another light fixture is to connect the additional light to an existing lighting fixture that is controlled by the three ways switches.
Wiring a Light Fixture to a 3-Way Switch
Electrical Question: Is it possible to wire a second light fixture to a 3-way switch?
- If so please send directions and what I need to have and how to do.
This home lighting question came from: David, from Waterford, Michigan.
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Thanks for your home lighting question David
How to Wire a Light Fixture to a 3-Way Switch
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.
Important: Installing additional fixture wiring should be done with a permit and be inspected.
- There are several wiring scenarios for wiring 3-way switches.
- The key is to identify where the power source is located.
- The easiest way to add another light fixture is to connect the additional light to an existing lighting fixture that is controlled by the three ways switches.
The Following will assist you with 3-Way Switches
Electrical Wire for the Home
Complete listing of electrical wire types and parts used for home projects with electrical code information serves as selection guidelines.
You identified your project to be about 3 Way Switch Diagram, so you might find this information useful:
3 Way Switch Diagram
In response to the requests for this information, I have developed a comprehensive,step-by-step guide designed to walk you through the identification and wiring of your 3-way switches.
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