How do you wire a 3 wire switch to a 3 way switch?
- Turn off the correct circuit at your electrical panel.
- Add an electrical box for the second three-way switch in the basement.
- Feed a length of 14-3 type NM cable (or 12-3, if you're connecting to 12-gauge wire) between the two boxes.
Also, which wire is hot on a 3 way switch?
Wiring for a 3-Way Switch The most important wire to get right is the one connected to each switch's common screw terminal. This is the "hot" wire (usually colored black, but not always), and it brings the power from the source and delivers it from one switch to the next and to the light fixture.
Subsequently, question is, what color wire goes to the black screw on a 3 way switch? The black wire from the circuit breaker panel gets attached to the black screw on the 3-way switch. The black and red wires from the white cable running between the switches get connected to either of the two brass screws on the switch. On the other end, the two white wires are wire nutted together.
Beside above, does it matter which wire goes where on a light switch?
If your switch has a “LINE” marking, the always hot wire goes to this. The other connection will be “LOAD” where the load (ie light fixture) is wired. The load wire may have red electrical tape on it to differentiate.
What is a 3 way wiring?
A three-way wall switch is a common type of light switch that makes it possible to control a ceiling light or other electrical fixture from two different locations in a room. Three-way switches are always used in pairs and include special wiring connections.