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Old 09-17-2013, 11:33 AM   #1
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3 way switch

Does anyone know how to wire up a 3 way switch for a jeep, basically I'm looking to have 2 switches for one light

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Old 09-17-2013, 11:47 AM   #2
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Just guessing but radio shack sells a lot of switches. I assume they'd have some 3 ways.

It should be just like a 2 way except with an extra "out" to run to the 2nd set of lights.

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So, you would just make the "traveler" from the second light out?
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So, you would just make the "traveler" from the second light out?
I'm not 100% what you mean.

I just know that a 2-way switch usually has 3 posts (if it's illuminated): 1 for ground, 1 for 12v in, and a 3rd for 12v out. If it's not illuminated, it wouldn't have the ground.

I was just guessing that a 3-way would have an extra 12v out.

I'm probably not helping much am I?
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Its all good, a 3 way switch, in your living room you have a switch at both entrances that control the same light, I want to do that in my jeep, put a switch in the back and one in the front to control a utility light.
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Its all good, a 3 way switch, in your living room you have a switch at both entrances that control the same light, I want to do that in my jeep, put a switch in the back and one in the front to control a utility light.
Ah! Ok, I completely misread. I thought you were trying to set up a single switch that could work 2 sets of lights at different times.

I see now what you're trying to do.

I'd have to think about that one for a minute. I mean, basically a switch's purpose is just to complete a circuit so when it's in the on position, the circuit is completed and power flows through the switch and on to the device, in this case your lights.

I just did a quick google search and found this. I see now what you meant by traveler. I think this is what you need:
http://www.howtowireahouse.com/media...tchdiagram.gif
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Yes that's it! But, that's for an electrical switch for a wall, its real simple, just need to find a switch for a vehicle that has that traveler lug or use a relay
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Yeah, I knew it was for a house but figured the concept was the same. I'm going to have to research a traveler now as that concept is new to me.
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If you want to configure it the same way as your house;

You need two single pole double throw switchs, the ones without a center off.

Hot goes to he common (center) tap of switch one. Then wire the two outside connectors of the two switchs to each other. Center tap of switch two goes to the load.
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If you want to configure it the same way as your house;

You need two single pole double throw switchs, the ones without a center off.

Hot goes to he common (center) tap of switch one. Then wire the two outside connectors of the two switchs to each other. Center tap of switch two goes to the load.
That's what I meant to say. LOL. j/k

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With a 12v system, couldn't you just run the positive side from 2 separate switches to the lights positive leg? Even if both switches were on, it would still just be sending 12v. Granted if one switch is on, you couldn't turn the light off with the other switch. Just depends on what you are looking to do.
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Okay, thanks sparky, I think I'm going to give this a try, I think this will be neat to use.
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Never thought about doing this in a vehicle, but it makes sense for a work light.

Is my description understandable? I can send a sketch to an email if needed. PM me.
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Work light, or I was also thinking a setup with a switch inside the vehicle and a wireless remote
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I did the same. I got the switches from amazon, 10 of them for $5 or so, free/prime shipping. They're a nice size for this, about the diameter of a quarter. round rockers. on/on spdt just what you want.

What i'm looking for is a rocker that will do 2 loads, and 4 positions, (off, one on, other on, and both on) without going to a multi layer rotary switch or a guitar pickup selector switch. lol. I don't know if such a rocker switch exists. My use for it would be for one of those dual filament sealed beams. off, 1 filament, then both.
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Jakor, I don't think that exists in a rocker or toggle. You might find it in a slide switch.
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With a 12v system, couldn't you just run the positive side from 2 separate switches to the lights positive leg? Even if both switches were on, it would still just be sending 12v. Granted if one switch is on, you couldn't turn the light off with the other switch. Just depends on what you are looking to do.
X2. Wire as you would a single switch. Then run a second set of wires to another switch. Even if both switches are on it will still only send 12v down the wire. The only drawback would be having to turn both switches off to turn off the light.
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Jakor, I don't think that exists in a rocker or toggle. You might find it in a slide switch.

I know they exist in a rotary and slider for sure since guitars use them with even more options. 5 position, 2 pole..then you can do some clever jumpering between the 2 poles/sides to get all possible guitar pickup combinations. The closest i've seen that would work for me is the house lamp rotary switch which is for exactly the same thing, 2 filament bulbs but i think that would be annoying to use since turning it off for oncoming traffic would mean cycling through the other positions. <br> I would even settle for an on/on/on in a rocker for selection only, and have a single rocker for on/off. It seems more elegant to me rather than flipping 2 switches for off but I havne't seen an on/on/on either so i don't know if they exist in big rockers. they do however exist in tiny mini-toggles (guitars have these too) but i'm afraid they won't handle the load required to switch a relay.

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