Wiring a 3-way light switch and changing the switch direction

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Wiring a 3-way light switch and changing the switch direction

Post by garyb » Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:06 pm

Hi, super-noob-electrician Gary is back with another beginner question for you guys:

I'm replacing a 3-way (well, 2-way) light switch and both switches on the wall are in the 'down' position. I connected the 'common' wire exactly how the old 'common' wire was - to the 'common' place in the new switch. But when I turn on the breaker, the light is on. So in order to change the light's "default" on/off position (off by default) is it safe to just reverse the _other_ two (non-common) hot wires in my new switch?? For no reason I drew a sketch of what I'm doing. :D
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This is fine, right? (Since the switch just turns the connection between the hots I swapped on & off?) The neutrals are all pigtailed together in the box.


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Re: Wiring a 3-way light switch and changing the switch direction

Post by emtnut » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:38 pm

Hey Gary,

No problem with reversing the traveler wires as you mentioned.

Ultimately, it's 6 of one 1/2dozen of the other ... when you flip the other switch it reverses again.
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Re: Wiring a 3-way light switch and changing the switch direction

Post by garyb » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:43 pm

emtnut wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:38 pm
Hey Gary,

No problem with reversing the traveler wires as you mentioned.

Ultimately, it's 6 of one 1/2dozen of the other ... when you flip the other switch it reverses again.
Great, thanks for the confirmation! :) The fun continues...

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Re: Wiring a 3-way light switch and changing the switch direction

Post by emtnut » Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:58 pm

garyb wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:43 pm
emtnut wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:38 pm
Hey Gary,

No problem with reversing the traveler wires as you mentioned.

Ultimately, it's 6 of one 1/2dozen of the other ... when you flip the other switch it reverses again.
Great, thanks for the confirmation! :) The fun continues...
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