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In addition to your answer that was given to you. Look at the amp rating on the switch you just removed. It's probably a 20 amp switch (if you already had 12 guage wire in there, and it worked fine), and you're replacing it with a 15 amp. Happens all the time. As far as the answer given you, its fine. The only time you would use a 4-way switch is when it's being operated by two 3-way switches from opposite ends like the gentleman mentioned. I would suggest getting the correct 3-way switch. It just makes things easier. And again, turn OFF the circuit when working on this switch - or anytime you're working on anything electrical. This is a huge Rule-of-Thumb! I've been doing electrical work for over 27 yrs., and I always turn OFF the electricity. Best of Luck to you, and I hope this is a little added solution to the one you already have. Take care...Jim
As I describe the number of terminals, I am not counting the ground terminal (usually colored green.)
A four-way switch has four terminals. Two are for two "travelers" coming in, and two are for "travelers" going out. One pair is at the top, and one pair is at the bottom. You only need to use a four-way switch if you are wiring three or more switches together to control the same light. In the case of three switches, only the middle one needs to be a four-way, with the first and third switches only needing to be three way switches. If you are only wiring two switches together, you only need to use three-way switches. However, you can use a four-way switch in place of a three-way switch by only using 3 of it's 4 terminals. .
Before I write the rest of a very long reply, please ask me some more questions so that I can focus on what you need to know. Please describe what you are doing.
The leviton 5603 switch described in the header is a three way wall switch.
I think what you are asking about is what electricians refer to as a "three way switch"
This is basically one outlet or device connected to two wall switches. 1) switch, 2) outlet or light fixture, and 3) another wall switch, three components, thus a three way switch. Installing or converting a fixture or outlet from standard to three way is something i would recommend contracting out to a licensed electrician. Unless you are really comfortable with electrical work.
It is a possibility that your wall outlets are already set up to be a three way switch. A lot of houses have this feature especially at the top and bottom of a stairway, depending on when your house was built. If it is not already configured it could mean stringing new wire behind the drywall which most often means tearing some of the drywall out so that it can be stapled to the studs and meet required building codes.
If, before the changes were made, you were able to turn on the light from either of the wall switches then you will only need to connect the wiring correctly at each of the components.
If you google 3-way switch you will find a ton of great info and wiring diagrams that will help you see exactly what goes into making them work, since they can be wired more than one way. It could help you decide whether or not it is a job you want to tackle on your own or if you want to hire a contractor.
Let me know if I didn't explain something clearly.
Depends on whether you want the pilot to glow when the circuit is live (the main light is on) or to glow when the circuit is off. (The switch can be used either way, and I have used this switch in both configurations at different places.)
The wiring diagram is on the inside of the box.
In indicates that if you want the pilot light to glow when the circuit is off, then you only need two wires (the live and the return, usually colored black and white, respectively). However, you also need a ground. The instructions say that you need the ground for safety (and probably legal code) reasons, but I suspect that, without the ground, the pilot light won't work in this configuration.
However, if you want the pilot light to glow when the circuit is on, you probably need a three wire configuration (plus the ground).
Yes, run a black wire from connector (a) to one terminal of your new light fitting if you are installing a metal fitting you will need to connect an earth wire also.
If you are reusing the same pull switch and it is still connected as you describe then the floating end near the light is probably the switched live conductor, so you could connect this to the live terminal of the new light. but be careful it may be live.
Caution always disconnect the power before working on electrical wiring.
You Need to Test with a electric tester and Identify a Hot and a nuetral in t the Box. If you find them that is what you need AT LT.If you are missing either you will have to add it. 3W switches can be installed numerous ways.If you have More info let me know.
there are too many ways to wire a three way switch circuit, to guess at, and they are not all compatible if the ends are wired differently, a sparky has the tester to be able to tie the third switch in.