I would like to remove one switch
in a 3 way switch controlled exterior light. I would like the photocell
to replace one of the switches and leave the other switch in place so that I can turn off the source to the exterior lights if possible. The photo cell is a 3 wire photocell (black, white, and red)
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?
Customer: Just wired everything. I removed one of the 3 way switches and extended 12/3 thru a junction box
to the exterior of the garage wall. I installed the photocell and connected the 12/3 to the photocell color to color. I turned on the breaker, turned the remaining 3 way switch up and down (not sure which way is off or on because I removed the other 3 way switch and replaced it with the photocell. I must be missing something, because I have tried to trouble shoot the switch position and covered the photocell lens and nothing is happening.
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: I already have done everything. Conduit
, junction box, etc
JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?
Customer: system is 1991 and I have not consulted. I have done wiring before, although I am obviously not seasoned at it. I must be "missing" something conceptually with the 3 way switch.
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: Just to summarize: I have removed a switch in a 3 way wired circuit that controls the exterior porch lights. I have replaced the switch with a 3 wire photocell. i would like the lights to come on at dark, as long as the other remaining switch in the 3 way circuit is "on"