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#59839 - 12/15/05 07:04 PM 3way Pilot Light Switch
Haligan Offline

Registered: 02/25/04
Posts: 112
Loc: Berkeley, CA USA
It's a 3-way pilot light with the load at start of run.

The pilot light itself is wired parallel with the load so at the pilot light side there needs to be- 2 travelers + 1 common + 1 neutral. = 4 conductors. What should we pull to that location? It's residential. 12/3 plus one 12/2 and just cap one conductor off?

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#59840 - 12/15/05 07:35 PM Re: 3way Pilot Light Switch
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Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 786
Loc: Chicago, Il.
It has been years since I wired romex in Pa. but I'm picturing a box with a pilot lamp and a 3-way. A 12-2 is coming from my feeder, a 12-2 to the load, and a 12-3 to the other 3-way. I would put black electrical tape on both ends of the white in the 12-3 and that would cover the pole and 2 travelers to the 2nd 3-way, which would come back to the 2 travelers of the 1st 3-way, and the black from the feeder. The pole from the first 3-way goes to the black to the load and the pilot hot. The feeder white and load white get pig-tailed to the pilot neutral and we're done. I guess you just have to figure out your box fill with the devices. Sounds like a deep box. Is that what you have in mind?

#59841 - 12/15/05 07:38 PM Re: 3way Pilot Light Switch
techie Offline

Registered: 05/17/05
Posts: 240
Loc: palo alto, ca usa
How about some 12/4 or 14/4?

[This message has been edited by techie (edited 12-15-2005).]

#59842 - 12/16/05 02:48 AM Re: 3way Pilot Light Switch
Haligan Offline

Registered: 02/25/04
Posts: 112
Loc: Berkeley, CA USA
It's definitely going to need a new box. This is old work. Next step is to decide whether to drill down from attic (longer run) or drill up from basement. Since I just finished reading the thread about guys drilling up through hardwood floors, I think I might fish down from the attic. It's not summer, so that's something.

Hey I like that 12/4 14/4. Especially since you don't have to buy a 3 mile long spool of it.

#59843 - 12/16/05 03:19 AM Re: 3way Pilot Light Switch
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There's no law against flex.


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