How to Wire a 4-Way Switch – Step by Step

If you are looking for the procedure of wiring a four-way switch, then read this article attentively. In this article, we are going to tell you about the steps so that you can make the wiring of a four-way switch easily without getting any problem.

How to Wire a 4-Way Switch


Step 1:

At first, you have to keep it in your mind that you must turn off the electricity to the circuit that you are working on as the voltage is sufficient to kill you.

Step 2:

To install a four-way switch, you need it to be installed between two three-way switches. You must have an understanding of installing three-way switches in the right manner. If you do not have that right knowledge, please go and learn first.

Step 3:

You will need a four-core wire to connect those two three-way switches. The four core wire will be containing a red wire, a white wire, a neutral wire, and a copper naked ground wire. You have to feed them right through the four-way switch.

Step 4:

The four-way switch contains four screws, two at the top and two at the bottom. Additionally, the switch contains one green grounding screw also.

Step 5:

In the circuit, you cannot put the four-way switch on the front side or the backside. You will be requiring a total of three boxes. Two for the three-way switches and one for the four-way switch.

Step 6:

Two four-core cables from the two three-way switch boxes must be put into the four-way switch box. Next, remove the insulation from the two four-core cables within the four-way switch box and expose the four types of wires (that is red, black, copper & neutral).

Step 7:

Connect the two copper ground wires to make it a single one and tie up the two neutral wires together. Now take the four-way switch and tie up one pair of red and black wires to the golden screws and the other pair to the black screws. Take the grounding copper wire and tie it up with the green screw

  • After finishing the connection, you will be done. Now you are ready to go with the four-way switch.

This is a very easy process to install a four-way switch at your home, isn’t it? But you need to be very careful while doing the connection. Safety first. After installation, the four-way switch works perfectly well. You can turn on and turn off your lights in amazing ways. This is an short tutorial on How to Wire a 4-Way Switch.