I'm pretty good at setting up high-tech gear and heavy industrial
equipment. However, when it comes to standard home repair projects, I
am absolutely worthless, bordering on dangerous. I have no good excuse
for why I didn't pay attention when my dad fixed things around the
We had some remodeling work done and a light switch got broken in our
laundry room. I was asked to replace this switch. After a few weeks, a
little box with a new switch appeared on my home office table. A
couple of weekends later, I tackled this project.
In our laundry room, there are two light switches controlling one
light. For this reason, I should have installed a three-way switch. I
didn't do this. I installed a light switch that is for an area where
one switch controls one light. The small upside to this embarrassment
is that I wasn't the one that bought the wrong light switch.
I am going to go get a three-way switch this weekend and install that,
and make it so these lights work correctly.
But, if I recall correctly, when I was installing the wrong type of
switch, there was no 'traveler wire' that makes the magic happen. When
I pulled the wires out of the old switch, there were two black wires
and one white wire (ground). (I'm pretty sure about this, but I
haven't opened up the light switch to confirm it yet.)
My question is, are there three-way light switches that do not require
the traveler wire? Or, am I probably just missing it. Or, is that
white wire the traveler, and not the ground wire?
Thanks for any helpful information.