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500megawatt

12:41PM | 09/12/04
Member Since: 09/11/04
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Bvelectrical
I want to install a regular light & switch. I have no nearby electrical receptical from which to obtain power. Location of new light prohibites easy running of new circuit. I have nearby one part of a 3-way light switch. Is there a way I can obtain power from the 3-way for the new light circuit?

joed

06:16AM | 09/13/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
Possibly.

Ignore the ground wire for now in all these discussions.

Open the 3way and tell us all the wiring. If there is only one cable and all 3 of the wires are connected to the switch then you can not do it.

If there is a 2nd cable with black and white then there is a 50/50 chance you can do it.

500megawatt

07:31AM | 09/13/04
Member Since: 09/11/04
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Switch A has two sheathed electrical cable cabels in the box. One cable has three wires (white, red, black) The other cable has two wires (white & Black. Switch B has the same configuration as above.

500megawatt

07:33AM | 09/13/04
Member Since: 09/11/04
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Do I need to check and see if there is unswitched power in one of the two wire (black & white) cabels? unshielded ground wires not included or counted.

joed

06:21PM | 09/14/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
refering only to the 2 wire cables.

One of the switches is power in and one of them is the switched line to the light. You can do what you plan if the switch is the one with the power.
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