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How To Fix Your 3-Way Switches
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How To Wire 3-Way Switches: I have 3-way switches in my hallway, If I turn on the light at one end of the hall, then turn it off at the other end I cannot turn the light back on at the other end, where the switch is already in the “on” position.
Wiring Three Way Switches
Electrical Question: I have 3-way switches in the hallway.
- You can turn on the lights at either end separately.
- But if I turn on the light at one end of the hall, then turn it off at the other end – I cannot turn the light back on at the other end, where the switch is already in the “on” position.
- I can turn it back on where I turned it off.
- What’s the solution for me to be able to turn on at the original end, where the switch is at the “on” position already?
This electrical wiring question came from: TN, a Homeowner from Baton Rouge, LA.
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Thanks for your electrical wiring question TN.
How To Fix 3-Way Switches
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.
Notice: Installing additional fixture wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Materials: Make sure the replacement light switch has the same amperage and voltage rating as the original switch, and is fully compatible with the electrical circuit, the light fixture and the type of light bulbs being used.
Hi TN, Yes, been there, done that several times, and here’s the book to prove it and shows you How to Wire 3-Way Switches
- 3-Way Switches are typically used to control one or more fixtures from two different locations.
- This is a common configuration in hallways and staircases.
- There are many ways to wire a 3-Way Switch.
- The power can start at a fixture or either of the two switches.
- Without a switch-wiring-diagram it can be very easy to make a serious mistake that will cause the circuit to malfunction and possibly become a hazard.
You Can Fix Your Three Way Switches TODAY!
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