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speedybry

07:57AM | 11/26/00
Member Since: 11/25/00
3 lifetime posts
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I bought two lighted switches , that when the lights are turned on , they turn off. I hooked up the wiring like I thought was right and when I turn on the switches, either of them, the 3 lights light dim. Is it impossible to wire 3 lights into a 3 way switch or do I just have some wires hooked up wrong?my wiring is power from the switch--light-light-light- switch...seems like it should be easy to fix but I am pulling my backhair out trying to figure it out!! thanx

rpxlpx

07:06AM | 11/27/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I think you've made a wiring mistake. The three lights should not be in series, but rather in parallel. Because they are in series, all the power to any one of them is going through each of them. The result is that none of them is receiving (or "dropping") the needed 120 volts. You can prove that by taking any 2 of them out of the circuit and seeing if the remaining one lights properly.

speedybry

09:24AM | 11/27/00
Member Since: 11/25/00
3 lifetime posts
thanx in advance, that sounds like a plan to try.. real amateur electrician here, I mean well but shouldget some books to really learn some these technical things

ljs

02:58PM | 11/27/00
Member Since: 11/18/00
6 lifetime posts
for the best information and illustrations on how to wire a 3 or 4 way switch go to: www.danswiringpage.com and click on 3way/4way switches.....a picture is worth a 1000 volts, or is that words ?

rpxlpx

01:55AM | 11/28/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Another way to verify if the lights are in series is to remove (all) the bulbs from one of the lights. If the others now make no light at all, that's the problem - they're wired in series.

speedybry

02:13PM | 11/28/00
Member Since: 11/25/00
3 lifetime posts
that 3way 3light diagram on danswiringpages.com sure got me confused. My lights were wired in series,but are now parellel.now one switch runs 2lights and the other switch runs the 3rd. just my luck. back to the wiring diagram I guess

rpxlpx

06:22AM | 12/04/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
If it helps to make more sense...
You want:
switch1, light1, switch2
switch1, light2, switch2
switch1, light3, switch2


[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited December 04, 2000).]

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