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    110 volt lighting/wiring questions

    Hey I hope somebody can help. My trailer has 2 ceiling mounted light fixtures, and a switch that operates both at the front of the trailer as well as another switch doing the same thing at the rear door. Both switches are independent of each other. Front fixture fell down, pulled some wiring apart, I got a new fixture and can't tell how to install with correct wiring. 4 sets of 3 wires including front fixture, I assumed that all grounds, blacks and whites connected to each other (evidently wrong) the lights came on with the front switch but flipping the rear switch to shut them on or off kicked the breaker on the generator. I think one set of wires comes from the rear light, one from the front switch, one set running to the back switch but don't know. Can anybody help?

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    Try this---

    https://www.familyhandyman.com/elect...itch/view-all/

    Or search 3 way switch.

    Hope this helps.

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    This might help a little . Any tape or paint in any wires?
    On pair is going to be a pass through set even though it may be a black to white.
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    Thanks you guys. I'll see if I can make some shocking progress tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike97760 View Post
    Thanks you guys. I'll see if I can make some shocking progress tomorrow.
    Make sure you can come and tell us about it. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike97760 View Post
    I'll see if I can make some shocking progress tomorrow.
    If you do, we will have Bob change your name to 'Sparky'.

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    Need pics

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    Do not stand in a puddle of water as you make this hookup!

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    Well PD I was driven away from my project by snow today. Does snow conduct electricity as well as water? I did look at the links sent by you guys and tried to grasp it without going outside to look at it again (it's cold out there!) but both links didn't exactly match to what I have. 2 switches, one front, one rear, each will independently turn both lights on and off at either switch. Turn them on with one switch, turn them off with the other, if you want, and vise versa. I'll look tomorrow and report back. Thanks again.

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    https://www.easy-do-it-yourself-home...3R9mSyt3dH.jpg
    This is twin lights with two three way switch's.
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    Thanks Flattop. I see sunshine this morning and a forecast of actual spring-like temps, I will have lights today. Might be lighting from sparks and fire, but there will be light!

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    mike you have a runner wire... it is exactly like the wires from top to bottom of a stairwell.. MUST have 3(or 4) way switch... google 3 way switch wires chances are in your trailer they did not conform to the norm black white red & ground wires we use in building... so it might be fun to figure out...
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