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Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral) using Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus

 

 

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Note: To simplify these diagrams, we have not shown the earth cables - but all circuits MUST have the earth cable correctly installed.

We've shown wires in red to indicate that they are new wires, but it doesn't really matter what colour you use.

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One of the things that confuses people the most is installing home automation into an existing 3-Way lighting system, especially when it uses Intermediate Switches. This application note looks at how a Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus  module can be installed to control a 3-Way lighting system with an Intermediate Switch and Neutral available.

Firstly, what do we mean by 3-Way lighting?

This simply refers to a lighting system where one light is controlled by three light switches. Examples of this are where a room has three entrances (each needs a light switch) or for a hall light that can be controlled from 3 different switches.

This wiring is based on a UK style 3wire lighting system with neutral wire at the switch. More information about 3-wire lighting systems is available in APNT-23: Understanding 2-wire and 3-wire Lighting Systems.

For information on how to physically install a Z-Wave module take a look at our guide here.

To know more about how Z-Wave modules work with different switch types make sure to read our guide here.

 

Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral)

Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral) Figure 1: Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral)

This system uses two 2-way switches (as you find in a 2-way circuit), but it also includes an Intermediate Switch that is in the "middle" of the circuit. All switches are toggle type and each can control the light On/Off.

2-Core cables (brown and blue) carries Live and Neutral to the wall switch and Switched Live and Neutral up to the light fitting. An extra 2-Core cable (brown and grey) connects the three wall switches together with a single wire connecting the two Toggle Switches, enabling each of them to independently turn the light On or Off.

This type of lighting system uses "Toggle" (latching) switches. These latch in position - for instance when you press the switch to On, the switch physically stays in the On position. These are the standard light switches you'll find already fitted in your home.

The module can also be used with a variety of "Momentary" switch types and configurations. Momentary switches, also known as Retractive or Bell-Push, only remain in the On state while you press them, they return to the Off state when the button is released.

This doesn't mean that you have to keep holding the button to keep the light on. The module's internal controls automatically keep the light on when the button is released.

More information about how the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus works with different switch types is available here.

We can install the module into this 3-Way circuit in various different ways shown below. We've separated out the diagrams based on whether you need to install the module at Switch A or Switch B position.

Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus Connections

The Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus has six terminals to connect it to the electrical wiring:

Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus Connections

  • I1 – connection to Switch 1
  • I2 – connection to Switch 2
  • I3 – connection to Switch 3
  • ~ (Output) – connected to light or load
  • L – Live
  • N – Neutral

Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus Parameter Setting:

The following parameters may need to be set:

  • 1 - 0 - enables the module to work with momentary switch (default)
  • 1 - 1 - enables the module to work with a toggle switch
  • 20 - 1 - enables the modules' I2 switch to also control the load (default 0)

Installation at Switch A position

You will install the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus module at the Switch A position where it has access to both Permanent Live, Neutral and Switched Live (load).

 

Toggle Switches

To retain your existing standard Toggle switches, we can simple install the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus module as shown in Figure 2.

Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral) using the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus with Toggle switches (Switch A) Figure 2: Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral) using the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus with Toggle switches (Switch A).

In this case we keep the standard Toggle switches connecting "L1" to the module's I1 input and "L2" connected to Live. Live and Neutral is wired to L and N terminals and Switched Live (Load) to the module's Output.

This gives simple On / Off control of the light from the switches but you will still be able to control the dimming level over Z-Wave if required.

 

Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus Parameter Setting:

The following parameters need to be set:

  • 1 - 1 - enables the module to work with a toggle switch

 

Momentary Switches

For full On / Off and dimming control we can replace the Toggle wall switches with similar styled Momentary switches.

 

Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral) using the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus with Momentary switches (Switch A)Figure 3: Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral) using the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus with Momentary switches (Switch A).

Replace the existing Toggle and Intermediate switches with Momentary switches, connecting "L1" to the module's I1 input and "COM" connected to Live. Live and Neutral is wired to L and N terminals and Switched Live (Load) to the module's Output.

Any unused wires from the original wirings should be safely terminated.

 

Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus Parameter Setting:

The following parameters need to be set:

  • 1 - 0 - enables the module to work with a momentary switch

 

3-Way with Z-Wave Wall Switch

Sometimes you may require a 2-Way or multi-way lighting circuit where physical wiring doesn't already exist, or perhaps you need to re-purpose the existing wiring for something else.

Z-Wave makes this possible using something known as "Associations" - where one Z-Wave device can control another Z-Wave device directly without inter-connecting wiring. More information on Associations can be seen in our guides here and here.

Using Z-Wave Switches in a Alternate 2-Way Lighting Circuit (with Neutral) with Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus (Switch A)Figure 4: Using Z-Wave Switches in a Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral) using the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus (Switch A).

To create this circuit you simply install the module to suit either Toggle or Momentary switches and safely terminate the cables as required. A battery powered Z-Wave wall switch such as the Nodon Wall Switch can then be Associated to the module.

Any unused wires from the original 2-core between the three switches should be safely terminated. Don't forget to configure the module for Toggle or Momentary switches!

Installation at Switch C position

In some circumstances it may not be possible to install the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus module at the Switch A position - perhaps there's not enough room physically to install it there, or perhaps that position is out of range of the Z-Wave netwok. In this case sometimes it's possible to install at the Switch C position but there are a number of caveats because in this position it won't have access to Live, Neutral or Switched Live wires.

 

Toggle Switches - add additional 3-core cable between switches

 

Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral) using the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus with Momentary switches (Switch C)Figure 5: Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral) using the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus with Toggle switches (Switch C).

Connect Switch  "L1" to the module's I1 input and "L2" to Live. An additional 3-Core cable is added to take Live, Neutral and Switched Live from Switch A position to the module at Switch C.

 

Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus Parameter Setting:

The following parameters need to be set:

  • 1 - 1 - enables the module to work with a toggle switch

 

Momentary Switches - add additional wire between switches

For full On / Off and dimming control we can replace the Toggle wall switches with similar styled Momentary switches.

 

Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral) using the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus with Momentary switches (Switch C)Figure 6: Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral) using the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus with Momentary switches (Switch C).

Replace the existing Toggle switches with Momentary switches, connecting "L1" to the module's I1 input with "COM" connected to Live. The original "COM" wire is used to take Switched Live to Switch C position and an additional wire is added to take Neutral from Switch A position to the module at Switch C.

 

Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus Parameter Setting:

The following parameters need to be set:

  • 1 - 0 - enables the module to work with a momentary switch

 

Toggle Switches - re-wire Live, Neutral and Switched Live to Switch C

Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral) using the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus with Momentary switches (Switch C)Figure 7: Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral) using the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus with Toggle switches (Switch C).

Connect Switch “L1” to the module's I1 and "L2" to Live. Live, Neutral and Switched Live are re-wired to Switch C position.

This gives simple On / Off control of the light from the switches but you will still be able to control the dimming level over Z-Wave if required.

Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus Parameter Setting:

The following parameters need to be set:

  • 1 - 1 - enables the module to work with a toggle switch

 

Momentary Switches - re-wire Neutral and Switched Live to Switch C

Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral) using the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus with Momentary switches (Switch C)Figure 8: Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral) using the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus with Momentary switches (Switch C).

Simillar to the above scenario but this time replace the existing Toggle switches with Momentary switches, connecting "L1" to the module's I1 input with "COM" connected to Live. Neutral and Switched Live are re-wired to Switch C position.

Any unused wires from the original wirings should be safely terminated.

Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus Parameter Setting:

The following parameters need to be set:

  • 1 - 0 - enables the module to work with a momentary switch

 

3-Way with Z-Wave Wall Switch

Using Z-Wave Switches in a Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral) using the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus (Switch C)Figure 9: Using Z-Wave Switches in a Standard 3-Way Lighting Circuit with Intermediate Switch (with Neutral) using the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus (Switch C).

Here we replace Switch A and Switch B with a Z-Wave Wall Switch and install the Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus at Switch C position. Connect Switch C “L1” to the module's I1 input with "COM" connected to Live. We use the original "L1" wire to bring over Live from the first switch position, the original "L2" wire to take Neutral and the original “COM” wire to take Switched Live back to Switch A position.

A battery powered Z-Wave wall switch such as the Nodon Wall Switch can then be Associated to the module. More information on Associations can be seen in our guides here and here.

 

Install at Switch C and use I2 from Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus at Switch A and Switch B

Install at Switch C and use I2 from Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus at Switch AFigure 10: Install at Switch C and use I2 from Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus at Switch A and Switch B.

Here we connect Switch A “L1” to Module A I2 input, Switch B “L1” to Module B I2 input. Connect Switch C “L1” to the Module B I1 input with "COM" connected to Live. We use the original "L1" wire to bring over Live from the first switch position, the original "L2" wire to take Neutral and the original “COM” wire to take Switched Live back to Switch A position.

More information on how to use a Secondary Switch with a Qubino Flush Dimmer Plus module can be found here.

Note: power to module at Switch A not shown as this would typically be taken care of for switching the other gang in a 2-gang switch.


 

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Updated: 21/07/2017

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