3-Way Porch Light - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV
Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-14-2011, 09:07 PM   #21
Senior Member
 
Scott S.'s Avatar
 
Trailer: 1975 Surfside TM14 (front kitchen)
Posts: 520
Registry
Send a message via MSN to Scott S. Send a message via Yahoo to Scott S.
wow Peter... yer smart!
Scott S. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2011, 05:22 PM   #22
Senior Member
 
Rick G's Avatar
 
Trailer: 74 Boler 13 ft / 97 Ford Aerostar
Posts: 368
Registry
Smile

Good idea to use a three-way switch. I have done that in the past using standard home three-way light switches, available at any hardware store. We like the new style rectangular flat wall switches rather than the older style, but both work the same way. The upside is that I can have a bank of switches all together for my 110V and 12V lights (the same switches work on both voltages) and a 110V electrical outlet that look compatible. The disadvantage is that you need a larger cutout than for a little electronics type switch. This picture shows what I mean, from our previous Boler renovation.

I also like your LED indicator light idea, and will shamelessly copy it when we do the new trailer in the spring..

Rick G
Attached Thumbnails
light_switches.jpg  
Rick G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2011, 06:43 PM   #23
Senior Member
 
Matt in SV's Avatar
 
Trailer: U-Haul VT16
Posts: 987
Registry
Any idea why these are called three-way switches when there are just two ways to operate them?

I had a four-way installed to control some outdoor lights. I think it's so the electrician can bill you more.

Regards,

Matt
__________________
Planning our next Escape!
Matt in SV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2011, 04:43 PM   #24
Senior Member
 
peterh's Avatar
 
Trailer: 2005 19 ft Scamp 19 ft 5th Wheel
Posts: 1,555
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Matt in SV View Post
Any idea why these are called three-way switches when there are just two ways to operate them?
It has to do with the number of wiring terminals. 3-way switches have three, 4-way switches have four.

To wire up a light that has two on/of switches, you use two 3-way light switches. The first 3-way switch is wired so the house's "hot" wire connects to the "load" terminal, and the two "pole" terminals are wired to the other 3-way switch's pole terminals, and the second switch's "load" terminal goes to the light:

hot wire-----3-Way====3-way-----light

To wire up a light that has three or more light switches, you wire a 3-way switch at either end, but insert however many 4-way switches you want in the middle:

hot wire-----3-Way====4-Way====4-Way====3-way-----light
peterh is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
lighting, lights, porch light


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What do you think of this as a porch light? Donna D. Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 18 09-21-2010 07:50 PM
Solar porch light Mike Taylor Modifications, Alterations and Updates 21 08-28-2010 12:48 AM
Porch Light Kevin K General Chat 15 08-11-2008 01:59 PM
Added a Porch Light Jayson Wall Modifications, Alterations and Updates 6 07-11-2007 07:42 AM
Porch Light Legacy Posts Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 8 06-10-2003 10:21 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:39 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions Inc.