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craig236

06:25AM | 02/24/04
Member Since: 02/23/04
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I am installing a drop ceiling in my kitchen and have replaced the ceiling fan that was there with a set of six recessed can lights. I have a decent amount of electrical knowledge but can't figure this one out. I have changed it from a single switch to 2 three-way switches. Neither are in the spot where the first switch was. So, I have the power being fed to the first light in the series, and the other five connected by 12-2 wire running to the first switch. From that switch I have 12-3 wire running to the secoond switch. I followed the wiring diagram, but the lights won't come on. I know there is power to and through all the wires because I have a "pen" tester that beeps when there is voltage present. So why won't the lights come on? Usually when I do something wrong I can at least get it to short out, but I can't get it to even do that. I went and bought new switches and put them on, in case I had a bad switch or two. Please let me know if anyone has any idea about what is wrong with my setup. And yes, there are light bulbs in the fixture! Thanks.

joed

02:27PM | 02/24/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
You need to feed the other light from the first light not the first switch.

Here are the connections.

At first light

power black to white to fist switch(SW1)

power white to whites to all lights.

SW1 black to blacks to all lights.

At SW1

L1 white to common

L2 black to black to SW2

SW2 red and white to common screws.

At SW2

Black to common screw

red and white to traveller screws

doug seibert

07:52AM | 02/25/04
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts



http://www.wfu.edu/~matthews/courses/p230/switches/3way/variations.html


Matthews......... a Physics Professor has put together a terrific site.......suggest you read thru the tips and ALL the 3-way's variations before starting on yours............Good troubleshooting section......

ltngbolt

12:18PM | 02/25/04
Member Since: 02/24/04
22 lifetime posts
Here is another page for troubleshooting 3 way switches.

http://www.forteelectric.com/3WayBook.html
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