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I am connecting three switchs to control one light. how do i connect using a 4 way switch

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The wiring method is power into the first 3-way switch, 3-wire to the 4-way switch, 3-wire to the second 3-way switch and 2-wire to the lamp. The way you terminate the wires on the switches is only important on the black terminals of the two 3-ways. Power and load go on these, the rest are just travelers.

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  • matthew kuhl Nov 20, 2009

    (power)----(3-way switch)====(4-way switch)====(3-way switch)----(lamp)

    There is a black screw and two brass screws on the 3-ways and four brass screws on the 4-way. The black screws on the 3-ways are for the power coming into the first switch and the power going to the light on the last switch. The brass screws are for the travelers between switches. Using 3-conductor cable to link the three switches, follow the instruction on the boxes the switches came in. There are different manufacturing methods for these switches, so you have to do it the way they tell you to. The neutrals (white wire) just get tied together in each box.

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I have downloaded instruction manual for 1755 rocker switch
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