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Wiring for Lights and Switches

How to Wire Lights and Switches

How to Wire Lights and Switches
Can I wire one common line to three switches that control three lights?

This electrical question came from: Danny, a Homeowner from Manila, Philippines.
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Additional Comments: Very interesting and helpful!

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Danny.

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4 Responses to “Wiring for Lights and Switches”
  1. John Stich says:

    In a new home, a working light switch was removed, and a single pole switch was installed. It did not work. A second single pole switch was installed, and the light still did not work. The box has a black wire (power), a red wire and a second black wire which is connected to the bare copper ground wire. In addition, a second switch on the other side of the room now does not work. Could the first switch possibly be a 3-way switch with two wires and a ground? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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