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Old 04-06-2005, 08:24 PM   #1
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Default Single-pole, 3 way, 4 way...what's the difference?

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Looking to replace the light switches in my condo...would the single-pole do? what's the difference between them?
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:26 PM   #2
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Default Single-pole, 3 way, 4 way...what's the difference?

3 way = 2 switches operate one circuit
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:26 PM   #3
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Default Single-pole, 3 way, 4 way...what's the difference?

If it is just a single switch going to the light...the single is fine. If you have 2 switches on a light, get the three way...


A great book to buy about basic wiring, codes and everything a home owner needs/ should know.

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Old 04-06-2005, 08:33 PM   #4
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Default Single-pole, 3 way, 4 way...what's the difference?

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If it is just a single switch going to the light...the single is fine. If you have 2 switches on a light, get the three way...


A great book to buy about basic wiring, codes and everything a home owner needs/ should know.


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Old 04-06-2005, 09:50 PM   #5
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Default Single-pole, 3 way, 4 way...what's the difference?

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If it is just a single switch going to the light...the single is fine. If you have 2 switches on a light, get the three way...


A great book to buy about basic wiring, codes and everything a home owner needs/ should know.
great! I just got a $50 GC to Amazon
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Old 04-06-2005, 09:53 PM   #6
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Default Single-pole, 3 way, 4 way...what's the difference?

single pole - one light

3 way - 1 light, 2 switches.. think threesome
(eg. a switch at alternate ends of a hall, with a light in the middle)
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Old 04-06-2005, 09:54 PM   #7
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Default Single-pole, 3 way, 4 way...what's the difference?

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If it is just a single switch going to the light...the single is fine. If you have 2 switches on a light, get the three way...


A great book to buy about basic wiring, codes and everything a home owner needs/ should know.


Word, I bought that book and it is amazing.
I have that book, as well. Good stuff.
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Old 04-06-2005, 09:55 PM   #8
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Default Single-pole, 3 way, 4 way...what's the difference?

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If it is just a single switch going to the light...the single is fine. If you have 2 switches on a light, get the three way...


A great book to buy about basic wiring, codes and everything a home owner needs/ should know.
great! I just got a $50 GC to Amazon


If you don't want to wait, they carry it at Home Depot too...
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Old 04-06-2005, 10:04 PM   #9
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Default Single-pole, 3 way, 4 way...what's the difference?

Bunch of weenies. I overclocked mine to a five way!

If you're using incandescent lights, why not go to a dimmer? Saves electricity, and the light bulbs. It can also be swapped out and used elsewhere if you want, so it's always a good investment. I put them in all the rooms of our apartment, then took them when we left.
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