Chris from Toronto, Ontario writes: "In my new house, the light for the hallway has a switch at the bottom of the stairs and again at the top. The stairs are located at the front of the house and the bedroom is at the back. When we go to bed we have to turn on our bedroom light and then walk back to the hall switch to turn it off, or walk the 17 feet from the hall switch to the bedroom in the dark. How can I add a switch to the 3-way set-up already there?
How to Hook Up a Switch at the Top & Bottom of Stairs
How to Hook Up a Home Light Switch | Home Guides | SF Gate
Learning how to wire a light switch is one of the basic skills that every homeowner should do. As a homeowner, you will likely need to replace a light switch many times and paying an electrician is not optimal when you can do it in just a few minutes. Our instructions on how to wire a light switch for a standard light switch, a three-way light switch and a four-way light switch are outlined below. It is important to also read the directions that come with your particular light switch because there may be something different about the one you purchased or a change in technology that would require a different light switch installation. Before you do anything, you will need to cut the power to the light switch. If you do not know which breaker feeds your switch, then just turn on the light and test each breaker until you find the one that turns off your lights. Important — If you are replacing an existing switch, make sure that you take not of how it is wired before you remove the existing wires.
Power to the switch. Pow er from the lights. First of all we should connect the ground wires to the box.
It only takes a minute to sign up. Connect and share knowledge within a single location that is structured and easy to search. Sorry for the silly question. It seems so basic to me. Residential wiring is kind of just screwing me up and I feel like I might be overthinking things, so pardon my potentially confusing question.