# Can you use 2 wire for a 3-way switch?

## Can you use 2 wire for a 3-way switch?

If you only have a two-wire cable to work with, you can still hook up a three-way switching circuit for your garage, or hallway, to enable you to turn a light on and off from either of two different locations.

## Do you need a ground wire for a 3-way switch?

A three-way switch has four different screw terminals on its body: The green screw attached to the metal strap of the switch is always for the ground wire (this is the bare copper or green insulated wire within the circuit).

Can you wire a 3-way switch with a regular switch?

Yes it can work. 3-way switches are spdt (single pole double throw) with 3 screw terminals, and regular switches are spst (single pole single throw) with 2 screw terminals. Just pick the correct two contacts and you are good to go. .

### How many wires are needed for a 3 way switch?

With a three-way switch, three wires connect the pair of switches—two black “traveler” wires and a third “common” wire. When the circuit’s power is turned on, any of these may be “hot,” depending upon how the switches are toggled.

### Can you wire a 3 way switch using 12 2 wire?

You cannot do it using only 2 conductor cable (12-2), unless you run two of the rather than a single cable. As shown in the diagrams and as described, you must have 3 wires between switches, and that means 12-3.

How many wires are needed for a 3-way switch?

#### What is the difference between 12 2 and 12 3 Romex?

A 12-2 Romex will have a black(hot) and a white(neutral) wire as well as an unsheathed copper wire for ground. A 12-3 Romex will have a black(hot), red(hot), white(neutral), and bare copper. The red on a 12-3 is used for three-way light switches which are covered later.

#### What is yellow Romex used for?

Yellow Wire The heavier, yellow ROMEX® is rated at 20 amps. Common applications for this 12-gauge wire are receptacles and three-way circuits. Larger appliances, such as a microwave or welder, require the additional power this wire delivers.

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