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4 way switch

If you wish to control a light or lights from more than 2 places, then you need a 4 way switch in between the 3way switches. You can use any number of 4 way switches in a lighting circuit.
To rough wire the switches, run a 3wire with ground cable from the 3way thru the 4way(s) to the other 3way. As in the 3way switch wiring the light and power can be at either end, that part does not change.
The diagram for the addition of a 4way switch looks like this..

The travelers from the 3way switch connect to like colored screws on the 4way .. If more switches are wanted, just add them in the center of the circuit in the same manner as the first 4way .

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i have instaled the 3way switch but it only woks when one of them is turned on, if i turn it off the second switch wont turn on the power

You've mis-wired the switch. Here are some diagrams that should help:

The "3-way circuit with the source at the first switch and light at the end" scenario is the most common.

Otherwise post back with a description of what cables and wires are in each box and number of boxes (2?) so we can tell you how to connect them.

Jan 18, 2011 | Leviton 15A 4-Way Decora Switch with...

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I replaced my old 3way toggle switches with the LEviton 5613 3way lighted rocker switches. Wired exactly the way the older toggle switches were wired. Switches work fine just like the older ones but one switch never lights. The other Leviton switch glows oranage when the lights are off. The other never glows. Any clues ? thanks Rick

The Leviton page for Leviton 5613 does not have a troubleshoot.
Manual shows simple wiring diagram.
3-way switches will not operate lights if switches are wired incorrectly.
Check your ground wire is connected.
Leviton 5613 series is illuminated.
Check that both switches have 5613 number.
Swap switches and see if problem is inside switch.

Nov 13, 2010 | Leviton 5613-2WSP Grounded Switch

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I am changing a 3way switch in the garage. I have 2 white, 1 blue, 2 orange, and 2 yellow wires my 3way switch has 2of the black screws. I cant seem to connect it right.

If you are replacing a three way switch with a three way switch, you should only use the wires that were connected to the old switch. (Unfortunately the color coding of these wires is not universal.) Assuming you have only 2 switches, that means you only need to connect 3 wires to the switch (in addition to the ground). One wire (to be connected alone on either side of the top or bottom of the switch) either comes from the electric panel or goes to the light fixture. The other two wires (both at the top or bottom of the switch) are the "travelers" and go directly to the other switch. You can examine the other switch (the one you aren't working on) to confirm which two wires are your travelers. I hope this helps. Good luck!

Aug 03, 2010 | Pass & Seymour Trademaster 3-Way 15 Amp...

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adding an additional light switch to an existing light

To add a second switch to control an existing light, you need to get a 3wire cable between the two switches, Thats red, black, white, green wires in the cable. Then you would have to use two 3way switches to make it work. I posted a "tip" on how to wire the 3way switches ..

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Mar 28, 2010 | Cooper Lighting Lighted Switch

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