All it takes is for the common and a traveler to be interchanged and the circuitry will not operate properly. Mixing "line 1/A and 2/B" on the four way can also cause weird operation.
Hi there hope you can help:
Will a 3 way switch with the following configuration work for my stairs to basement, and if it will how can I fix it:
Switch #1 ---- Switch #2------ Light # 2
When Switch #1 is on and Switch #2 is off Light #1 works but Light #2 does not
When Switch #1 is on and Switch #2 is switched Light #1 turns off and Light #2 turns on
When Switch #1 is off and Switch #2 is switched nothing happens
Thanks for the help!
Are both lights supposed to go on and off together?
Yes, that's called a California or coast 3 way...
This an illegal and very dangerous wiring method and should never be undertaken.
Last edited by jwelectric; 08-23-2011 at 09:55 AM. Reason: safety
Yep, Both lights should go on and off together.
and Ill give that a shot Billy Bob. another problem is that I cant change the wiring to Light #1 as the wall was completely finished by the previous owner, will this make a difference?
Last edited by alth; 12-21-2009 at 10:18 PM.
And of course be able to wire everything else like in the diagram above. This is an illegal and very dangerous wiring method and should never be undertaken
Or wire it in the traditional manner. Many ways to do this...
Last edited by jwelectric; 08-23-2011 at 09:57 AM. Reason: safety
Off the top of my head I think I do have 3 travellers... Will update when I get home
Thanks for your help everybody... the california circuit was the way to go
should something go wrong your little a$$ will be in a very tight situation.
This is an illegal and very dangerous wiring method and should never be undertaken
Last edited by jwelectric; 08-23-2011 at 10:03 AM. Reason: what you have is illegal
S1 down, s2 down, light off
S1 up, s2 down, light off
S1 down, s2 up, light off
S1 up, s2 up, light on
any ideas how to resolve?
I have a relatively new home (10 years old) and am replacing the standard rocker switches / receptacles in my house with decorator models room by room. Everything has been easy so far (3-ways, 4-ways, 2-ways, etc) , but am having trouble figuring out what's up with one 3-way in one of my rooms. The old switches I marked the common and the travellers, and on the new decorator switches I connected the commons to the common pole and the 2 travellers to the traveller poles. But the switches are behaving strange.
#1 down, #2 down - lights are on
#1 up, #2 down - lights are on
#1 down, #2 up - lights are off
#1 up, #2 up - lights are on
So when #1 is up - no matter what #2 is (up or down) it still completes the circuit. And when #2 is down, no matter what #1 is (up or down) it still completes the circuit as well. Very strange. It's like they are wired in parallel.
These are brand new switches and I have jiggled the wiring to make sure there are no shorts in the wires.
Any guidance you can give you be most helpful. I've been looking at this one too long and need a fresh set of eyes.
Last edited by mgabbard; 11-23-2010 at 01:54 PM.
Regardless of UP or DOWN a 3 way will reverse the current condition of OFF or ON. Your setup is working properly.