If you’re looking to upgrade your Southern Maryland or Northern Virginia home’s electrical switches, three-way switches might be the right choice for you! They make it possible to control a light from multiple locations, such as the top and bottom of a stairway, either end of a long hallway, or multiple doorways into a large room. This electrical convenience is becoming more and more popular, and we understand why! If you’re ready to improve the flow throughout your home, John Goudie Electric can install three-way switches.
Enjoy the convenience of three-way light switches in your home by calling John Goudie Electric at 301-609-9450 to learn more!
To an outside observer, three-way switches appear similar to single pole switches, which are your standard toggle switch. But three-way switches have extra connections that allow a circuit to be controlled from multiple locations! One of the easiest ways to visibly tell whether a light switch is a single-pole switch or a three-way switch is to look for an embossed “on” or “off” marking. If there are no visible markings, then you most likely have a three-way switch because the on and off positions will vary as the switches are used!
Three-way switches are often confusing to those who aren’t trained electricians. Although they’re called three-way switches, they require four terminal connections to work. They come furnished with four terminal screws for connecting wires—one green terminal screw, two brass-colored terminal screws, and another darker-colored screw. Each terminal is responsible for a traveler connection that determines which switch is in command of the fixture in that moment.
Because of the complicated wiring process, the most common issue with three-way switches is an improper wiring configuration. This is why it’s important to call a trained electrician if you are making upgrades to the switches in your Maryland or Virginia home!
Sometimes three-way switches become faulty. This can be caused by loose wire connections and defective switches. By turning off the power to the circuit and removing the switches, you can tighten the screw terminal connections. If tightening the connections doesn’t resolve your problem, call a professional like John Goudie Electric to help!
When installing three-way switches in your home, you don’t have to choose one that looks like your standard light switch. There are a few different varieties including:
With so many options, you can easily customize your home for convenience and design! We have experience installing all types of three-way switches—if the style you like isn’t mentioned above, we can still install it! Contact John Goudie Electric to learn more!
When it comes to installing three-way switches, it’s important to know what you’re doing to avoid electrical damage to your home! The experts at John Goudie Electric are always up-to-date on current codes and safety requirements. Faulty wiring from cheap electric companies can cause fires and shortages in your home, putting you and your family in danger. When you trust three-way switch wiring and electrical services to John Goudie Electric, your Northern Virginia or Southern Maryland home will be in good hands!
If you’re interested in adding convenience to your home, simply call us to install three-way switches! Our trained electricians will walk you through every step of the process and ensure that you are completely satisfied with the job. Contact John Goudie Electric for three-way switch installation in Virginia and Maryland by filling out our online form or calling us at 301-609-9450!