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reneco11

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3 way wall switch question
« on: September 10, 2010, 11:27:07 AM »

Can I not use one of the wires and use it as a standard wall switch?
If so, does it matter wether it's the blue or red wire that I use?
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Re: 3 way wall switch question
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2010, 11:32:08 AM »

You can use the master switch as a regular switch, but not the slave switch.
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reneco11

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Re: 3 way wall switch question
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2010, 11:33:33 AM »

Does it matter which wire I eliminate? Blue or Red?
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dave w

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Re: 3 way wall switch question
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2010, 12:47:49 PM »

Does it matter which wire I eliminate? Blue or Red?
The red is the traveler wire. Just wire nut it so it doesn't touch any thing.
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Re: 3 way wall switch question
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2010, 07:49:51 AM »

It does not matter both travelers act the same.  Make sure you tie the one you use to the common wire in the switch box that is no longer necessary. 
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Re: 3 way wall switch question
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2010, 03:52:51 PM »

It does not matter both travelers act the same. 
Mello,
Reneco11 wants to use a X10 3-way switch in a two wire standard switch configuration. There would be no travellers in the 3-way sense.
I read the  September 10, 2010, 07:33:33 AM post as  reneco11 asking about the blue and red wire from the WS477 switch. Blue is output from triac and red serves as traveler to the slave switch.

http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/cc/staff/pool/homeauto/ws467.html

Controlling a non 3-way fixture would only work with black and blue wires. Red wire should be insulated or could be cut off if the WS477 will never be used in a 3-way circuit in the future.
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Re: 3 way wall switch question
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2010, 10:21:09 PM »

Oh! I did think he was talking about the field wires.  Thank you for the correction Dave.   Sorry If  I caused any grief.
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Re: 3 way wall switch question
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2010, 03:18:21 PM »

Oh! I did think he was talking about the field wires. 
My fault, sorry. I should have said the red wire from the switch acts as a traveler for 3-way installs in my September 10, 2010, 08:47:49 AM response.
« Last Edit: September 13, 2010, 03:21:05 PM by dave w »
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