Single-pole, 3 way, 4 way...what's the difference?

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  1. dquan97

    dquan97 Lifer

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    Looking to replace the light switches in my condo...would the single-pole do? what's the difference between them?
     
  2. mugs

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    3 way = 2 switches operate one circuit
     
  3. dartworth

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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...


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    Word, I bought that book and it is amazing.
     
  5. dquan97

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    great! I just got a $50 GC to Amazon
     
  6. Colt45

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    single pole - one light

    3 way - 1 light, 2 switches.. think threesome :p
    (eg. a switch at alternate ends of a hall, with a light in the middle)
     
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    I have that book, as well. Good stuff.
     
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    If you don't want to wait, they carry it at Home Depot too...
     
  9. Ornery

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    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.