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3 & 4 way switches #9489
04/30/02 08:10 PM
04/30/02 08:10 PM
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ken m  Offline OP
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i have a question regarding a 3 & 4 way switch scenerio. box 'a' contains a 3 way with power and a light leads, box 'b' contains a 3 way with light and power, and the 4 way which is in the middle of course. question is...how can i wire the 2 light to operate properly without running a separate wire between them? i hope this makes sense. i'm taking over a wiring job that the origional contractor abandoned. also i thought i saw a reference here to a web site regarding various connection of 3 & 4 ways.
thx for any help! ken m

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Re: 3 & 4 way switches #9490
04/30/02 08:17 PM
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C.Urch  Offline
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You may have 2-wire travelers...Is there a red wire in either box?

Re: 3 & 4 way switches #9491
04/30/02 08:19 PM
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sparky  Offline
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Ken.....try Here
or possibly Here
[Linked Image]

Re: 3 & 4 way switches #9492
04/30/02 08:40 PM
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Steve Miller  Offline
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If you're saying you have 2 fixtures that need to be controlled from this system ... you need 4 conductor cable or a pipe system. Just run 4 conductors between the lights and you can put them "between" the switches. The conductors are 1 hot (or switched hot, depending where you sent the constant hot) 2 travelers and 1 neutral.
If you're stuck with 2 and 3 conductor cable you need to run the system in this order: 3 way-4 way-3 way light-light

Re: 3 & 4 way switches #9493
04/30/02 11:47 PM
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Re: 3 & 4 way switches #9494
05/02/02 06:27 PM
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DLinton  Offline
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Holcomb, KS. USA
Sparky,
Like the web sites I will show them to my classes.

Ken M.
Just for more info to keep in mind when you put four ways in. Depending on the manufacture of the four way some switch vertically and some switch horizontally.


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