Replace Track Lighting To Recessed Lights Utilizing 3-Way Switch

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I'm aware that the WeMo light switch does not work as a 3-way switch, but I had purchased it before opening up the existing light switch plate and understanding the wiring I would work with.

Anyway, I removed the light switch plate and discovered what appears to be a 3-way switch. (I recently moved into this house with a whole bunch of sketchy wiring, and actually DO NOT know the location of another switch that controls that same set of exterior lights on my detached garage!) A red jumper cable is connected to the common terminal of the switch, and two black cables connect to the other terminals on the light switch. The box didn't exhibit any obvious sign of a separate (white) neutral cable.

On a lark, I decided to wire the WeMo as follows:

Red jumper cable to the expected white, neutral terminal on the WeMo, Black cables to black terminals on the WeMo, and Capped the green/ground terminal on the WeMo.

To my surprise, the WeMo had power and booted up....

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I am remodeling my entry way and dining room to give a more open feel.

Existing:

15 Amp breaker 12-2 Feed directly from the box two gang box outside of the kitchen 1 standard switch and 1 three way (chandalier turns on and off from entry and kitchen and the can lights only turn on from the kitchen) 12-3 wire connecting switches and running to chandelier 12-3 wire running from chandalier to can lights 12-3 wire from switches to entry door(Entry switch only turns on chandalier and not can lights.

The chandelier and can lights are not centered in the room which is odd as there was not issue with the joist spacing above. The first project is to center the chandelier. From there I am removing the two can lights in the center of the room and adding four in the corner. (Since opening walls the entry is a little dim). I am also looking to add a double 3 way switch to the entry way.

Link to Double Three Way This will allow the canned lights and chandelier to be...

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Three Methods:Changing a Single-Pole Light SwitchChanging a Three-Way SwitchChanging a Dimmer SwitchCommunity Q&A

You may need to replace or upgrade a light switch for a variety of reasons, such as if the switch becomes dirty, faulty, or outdated. You may also find it useful to replace old switches when preparing to sell your home or when trying to make your home more efficient. Upgrading a light switch is a great time to look into options such as dimmer, combination, occupancy sensing, and other types of switches for increased convenience, comfort, and efficiency. Learning how to replace a light switch is relatively easy and may be able to save you the cost of hiring an...

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Turn off the power to the circuit you will be working on by flipping the switch on the circuit breaker in the electrical box to the off position.

Remove the plastic cover plate from the switch at the location you want to install the dimmer by backing out the holding screws with a flat-blade screwdriver in a counterclockwise direction.

Test the wires to make sure the current has been turned off by holding a no-contact electrical tester close to the wires. If the tester beeps, the current has not been turned off.

Back out the screws that hold the switch to the electrical box with a Phillips screw driver in a counterclockwise direction. Pull the switch out of the electrical box and loosen the screws holding the wires with a Phillips screwdriver in a counterclockwise direction. Use a small piece of masking tape and label the common wire attached to the odd or differently colored screw. Remove the wires from the switch and set the switch aside.

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Question:
How difficult and what's involved in replacing a pendant light to a recessed over my sink?

Answer:
As for the kitchen light over the sink - this would be my procedure for a client:

Turn off the circuit to the fixture and remove the existing fixture and the electrical box. Make sure there is space to accommodate your choice of recessed lighting - this would involve looking at any obstacles which could interfere with the physical size of the recessed can. Understand that the wiring may need to be junction and extended to reach the new fixture termination area. Also - an inspection of the attic, looking at the existing fixture position and location will give you a good indication of what obstacles there may be. Much depends on whether your sink is on an exterior wall, or an interior wall. This would make a difference with space needed to accommodate the new recessed light.

If you find that the area is favorable to a recessed light, then you may need...

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When an old light switch (wall switch) no longer works properly or becomes damaged, it should be replaced. Replacement is usually very easy and should require only 5 to 10 minutes. Always replace a switch with one of the same type and rating.

Caution: Please read our safety information before attempting any testing or repairs.

Electrical work requires safe practices. Always turn off power at the circuit breaker or fuse box. Post a note that work is being done, to avoid someone turning the power back on. After turning off the power to the circuit, test the circuit to be certain that there is no power. Always use insulated tools for added safety. Check with your local building department for regulations and permit requirements before beginning work.

The steps for a 3-Way switch are the same as for a standard switch; the only difference is that 3-way switches have one additional wire to transfer over. It is not necessary to replace both 3-way...

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Installing a dimmer switch for your recessed lighting is one of the simplest ways to dramatically increase the flexibility of your lighting. It’s also a fairly simple DIY project that almost anyone can do.

This post will show you how to install a typical dimmer switch for recessed lighting.

Here’s what you’ll need:

New dimmer switch and cover plate. Medium screwdrivers – Flat and Phillips Wire cutters/strippers Live wire tester (Non-contact type recommended)

When purchasing your new dimmer switch, you’ll need to know whether the lighting circuit is a single-pole (lights controlled from one location) or a three-way (lights controlled from two locations). Some dimmers are universal and will work for both single-pole and three-way circuits, but read the packaging to be sure.

Once you have your new dimmer and tools, this project should take 20-minutes or less depending on your level of experience.

I’ve listed the steps below, and included a video by...

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Replacing a 3 way switch (controlling a light or outlet from 2 different locations) is a little tough for first time DIY's, but with the following instructions you should be able to replace the switch yourself. Always remember to turn off the power before attempting any electrical repair.

Step 1

Determine which switch is not working. You do this by turning each switch on at both locations. With the light on, go to each switch and flip switch to opposite position. The switch that turns the light off is the good switch. Replace the other switch as follows...

Step 2

First shut off the circuit breaker or fuse that controls the light. You can have a second person flip the breakers while you watch the light go out. (If you are controlling an outlet, plug something into the outlet.) If no second person is available to help, then you will have to shut off breakers yourself by looking at your power panel (hopefully it is labeled) and start turning off...

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Hello all,

I am trying to wire 4 recessed lights (Halo 4" H99T - with snap-in connectors) to two 3-way switches.

My current scenario:
Power is 14/2 coming to a single light at bottom of stairs which is currently wired to a single 2-way switch at top of stairs.

New scenario:
I want a 3-way switch at the top of the stairs, and a 3-way switch at the bottom of the stairs.
These switches will control four recessed lights dispersed around the landing.

I have found this diagram (See option #5) which shows a similar situation.
http://www.easy-do-it-yourself-home-...g-diagram.html

My question:
Can I just simply "daisy-chain" the other three lights off the first one shown in diagram (option #5), or do I need to run 14/3 between each light in the series (as shown in option #6)?

Thank...

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Brad -

Don't despair - I'll save you from having to call an electrician.

I'm assuming you replaced only one 3-way switch (of the two) with a new 3-way switch. If you replaced both 3-way switches - let me know.

Your problem is - you have mis-wired (wired incorrectly) the 'Common' terminal of the new 3-way switch. I will purposely not go into what the various wires (i.e. hot wire, leg end, travelers wires) leading to the switches' terminals actually do that allows a 3-way switching system to work its magic, but I will tell you this - to correct your problem you will have a 50/50 chance (pretty decent odds) of fixing it the first time you make the simple wiring change I'll ask you to make...and if that doesn't work, the next (second) change will definitely fix it. How 'bout those odds?

One last thing before we get started, which will make you feel a little bit better about mis-wiring your new 3-way switch. I suspect you are probably befuddled about the new 3-way...

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I had a Switch on one end of the kitchen and a Switch on the other end of the kitchen that would turn on/off the Track Light I had (3-Way Switch).

I want to add 6 Recessed Lights, so I removed the Track Light.

In the attic one wire went from one Switch to the Track Light, another wire came out of the Track Light and continued on to the other Switch. This wire contains: Black, White, Red and Copper.

I reconnected the above mentioned wire making one long wire from Switch to Switch. While doing that I also connected a wire matching up Black, White and Copper and took that to a recessed light (3 Black together, 3 White together, 3 Copper together and 2 Red together). I flip the circuit breaker and one switch turns on and off the light. The next switch either pops the breaker or only turns it on (doesn't turn off, flashes off but flipping up turns it on, flipping down turns it on).

I need some advice on what to do and how to wire them. I believe I found the answer...

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I am going to install some can lights throughout the house soon. I have one light in the center of each room that is already wired up. I will be patching the existing light boxes up to run the new can lights, utilizing the wiring that is already present.

When hooking the extra lights up should I use 12/2 or 14/2 wire for running them in parallel? There will probably be no more than 3 or 4 can lights per room ran with CFLs. The current lights that are in each room take up to 3 bulbs per fixture.

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