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for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz power supply service.For information on how to hook-up one light with two on-off switches, see the Related link "How to wire 3-way and 4-way switches, including wiring diagrams", shown below.


When using the correct size wire, there are several possible configurations of power connection, lighting outlet, and the two 3-way switches. Power can come from the panel to one switch or the other, or to the light, whichever is convenient. The light can be physically positioned between the switches or at the end of the two-switch series.

Each configuration requires different handling of the hot, switched travelers, and neutral wires. In every case, there are runs that require three parallel conductors, whether for neutral, hot or travelers, not including any grounding wires. A 3-wire cable is highly recommended for this application.

If there are more than two switch locations, a 4-way switch goes between the 3-way switches to crossover the two travelers. Two 3-conductor cables are used for this portion, including a bypass connection for the un-switched hot. Asking this question shows you are probably not quite ready to take on this particular task.


As always, if you are in doubt about what to do, the best advice anyone should give you is to call a licensed electrician to advise what work is needed.

Before you do any work yourself,

on electrical circuits, equipment or appliances,

always use a test meter to ensure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized.




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