Wiring a Light Fixture to a 4-Way Switch
How to Wire a 4-Way Switch with Helpful Wiring Diagrams – The wiring will need to be tested and identified to see if there is a hot and neutral, or that the power source starts at the 4-way switch box.
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Electrical Question: Can I wire an outside light off of a 4 way switch and have power all the time?
This electrical wiring question came from: Larry, a Electrician from Glen Elder, Kansas.
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Thanks for your electrical wiring question Larry.
How to Wire a 4-Way Switch with Helpful Wiring Diagrams
- Larry, it all depends on the wiring that is found in the 4-way switch box that you want to wire the outside light to.
- The wiring will need to be tested and identified to see if there is a hot and neutral, or that the power source starts at the 4-way switch box.
- Generally, the power source starts at either one of the 3-way switch boxes or up at the fixture.
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