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Three-way socket ? Answered

I understand how a 3-way socket works with the switch turning on first element then second element then both elements. I have a light that I want to be three way but I want to use two bulbs rather than a single bulb with two elements. Is there a splitter socket or can can I make a splitter socket that would enable me to use to separate bulbs in my 3-way lamp for the same effect, so that I can choose the brightness levels of my LED bulbs?

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Paige RussellBest Answer (author)2017-02-21

Hi GADiltz,

What you need to make your two bulb, three-way dreams come true is a 3-way fixture rotary switch:


Here's the wiring how-to:

Wire the HOT wire (smooth side) of the lamp cord to the black wire, the red wire to the HOT terminal of the first socket, and the blue wire to the HOT terminal of the second socket. (Be sure to twist the two ends together and use wire nuts covered in electrical tape to connect the black wire to the lamp cord HOT wire.

The order it will light up is: red wire, blue wire, then both red & blue. You will just need to drill a .406" (10.32mm) diameter hole for the switch bushing (threads) to fit though and secure it in place with the nuts.

If you need the leads of the switch to be longer in order to reach the sockets, you can add small lengths of the HOT half of the lamp cord (cut or peel off the Neutral side), twisting the two connecting ends together, using wire nuts to secure them and electrical tape to doubly secure them. Safety first!!

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any more questions!


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