If the connections are made with clamps instead of screws, tug firmly on the wires to be sure they are all still tight. In this wiring, the source is at SW1 and 3-wire cable runs between each switch and the ceiling fan. The black and red wires running between the switches connect the travelers together. By code, the number of conductors allowed in a box are limited depending on box size and wire gauge. In this arrangement, two 3-way dimmers are used to allow for lowering the lights from both locations. The black and red wires between SW1 and SW2 are connected to the traveler terminals.
At the ceiling box, the wires for the fan and light are both spliced to the black wire running to SW2.
3 Way Switch Wiring Diagrams
For the Single Pole application the instruction sheet will have you cap off one of the wires which will not be used. This is the same arrangement as the second diagram on this page with a fan in place of the light fixture. If you avoid the five problems below, you will wire your 3-way dimmer switch like a pro. In this arrangement, two 3-way dimmers are used to allow for lowering the lights from both locations. Some fixtures allow you to use regular dimmers, however some do not. Dale Cox. The white wire is marked with black tape on both ends to identify it as hot.
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