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JJT
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Two switches two lights.

Post by JJT » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:48 am

I reviewed the YouTube video for this but my situation is a little different.
The circuit I'm trying to connect is as follows:

-panel box to switch 1 with 14/2, then
-switch 1 to light 1 with 14/3,then
-light 1to light 2 with 14/3, then
-light 2 to switch 2 with 14/3 ending the circuit.

So switch, light, light, switch each connected with one 14/3 wire betwwen all except for switch 1 with 14/2 coming from the panel.

I would prefer to connect each light and switch to work independently form each other if possible. if not possible operating both lights simultaneously from each switch would also be OK.

I notice in the video that two 14/2 cables are used between the two lights so that's where I'm stuck as mine are connected by one 14/3. Thanks,

John


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Re: Two switches two lights.

Post by rao.manoj2004 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:30 am

Wiring for 3-way switch is as below

Panel --14/2-->Switch1 ---14/3 --> Switch2 ---14/2---> Light1---14/2---> Light2---14/2---> Light3 .....

Only second Switch attach to light and not both. Do not attach switch which has wire from panel to light.

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Re: Two switches two lights.

Post by JJT » Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:00 am

Thanks, but this is not a rough in. Everything is walled in. I have to follow my described sequence which is panel 14/2 to switch 1, then 14/3 to light 1, then 14/3 light 2, then 14/3 to switch 2 ending the circuit. I can't follow your described sequence without having to do demo.

It used to work but things got messed up by me upgrading switches and fixtures without noting the existing wiring or taking pictures...my bad.

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Re: Two switches two lights.

Post by JJT » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:34 pm

Thanks people, got it figured out. Got switch 1 to control light 1, and switch 2 to control light 2 individually as if they were on each their own circuits, even though they are all on one circuit as described above. Switch 1 doesn't affect light 2 and vice versa.

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Re: Two switches two lights.

Post by Shannon » Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:12 am

So you did not want a three way circuit then?
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Re: Two switches two lights.

Post by JJT » Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:34 am

Shannon wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:12 am
So you did not want a three way circuit then?
That's right. It was wired as a three way but was not crazy about both lights turning on from each switch and not able to have just one on. Having both on at the same time was not necessary for the room. To achieve each light to turn on independently from their own switch I ditched the two 3 way switches and substituted with two single pole switches. This worked as all the wire from the start of the circuit to the end was 14/3, so was able to run a red live from one switch to the other with both lights in between. Thanks,

John

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