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How do I wire this table lamp?

The picture shows the wiring detail, but I cannot determine how to connect the wires properly.
The switch is a single pole, two circuit, 4 position. OFF, #1 bulb on, #2 bulb on, and both bulbs on.

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  • SATworks Dec 29, 2008


    Table Lamp with Base Switch

  • SATworks Dec 30, 2008

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    That worked fine. I put the meter on the switch to check the continuity in each of the four positions, and they were all on all the time, so the switch was bad. Ran down to the hardware store (we have a local REAL hardware store!), picked up a new switch, followed your instructions, and it work perfectly. Thanks, and have a Happy New Year!

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First check out the sw. use a volt meter measure between all of the lines. i.e black & red, black & green tec.... and tun the switch to each position.
note the output on the meter, when you turn the sw. that will tell you which 2 lines are switched and the which is fixed.
1). connected the hot "line in", to one line from each of the buld.
2). take the left over line from buld #1, connect it to one of the switching line on the sw.
3). take the left over line from buld #2, connect it to the other wsitching line.
4). connect the left over "line-in" to the fixed line on the switch.

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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    Frank Dec 30, 2008

    glad to help

    have a happy new year!

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