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Basic 4-Way Switch Wiring Diagram

The 4-way is used when you want to control the light or lights from two or more locations.

(For complete instructions on wiring a basic 4-way switch, see our ‘Wiring a 4-Way Switch’ article. Click here to access …

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  • Eldon Jones

    if you turn off the main power breaker is there any danager of current coming from a portable generator back through the neutral
    coming in to house from pg&e etc? if yes, can you install a breaker on this neutral ?

  • cmkashifabrar

    am Kashif from Jeddah KSA
    very very thanks to share information of wiring diagrammes

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  • Rhlong1483

    is a 4 way switch has 2 hot poles?

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  • Guest

    it didn’t work like this, the last switch has to be on for the first switch to work. It doesn’t affect the middle switch though.


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