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I have 2 light switches that control the same lights on the outside of my house. When one switch is up the other one is down type of thing. One switch is by my garage entrance the other is by the front door entrance. The switch controls the 3 lantern style lights at the garage doors and the chandelier in my front entrance way. How envolved would it be to make the switch near the front door only control the chandelier and the switch at the garage entrance only control the garage door lantern lights.
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I have 2 light switches that control the same lights on the outside of my house. When one switch is up the other one is down type of thing. One switch is by my garage entrance the other is by the front door entrance. The switch controls the 3 lantern style lights at the garage doors and the chandelier in my front entrance way. How envolved would it be to make the switch near the front door only control the chandelier and the switch at the garage entrance only control the garage door lantern lights.
There are 8 different ways that these lights are wired;
http://www.homeimprovementweb.com/in...way-switch.htm

Before anyone can tell you what you need to do they must know how it is wired. Get an electrician or leave it along.....

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I was not planning on doing it myself because I am not an electrician. I was just curious if it was possible and if it was an easy job aka an inexpensive job to do.
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I was not planning on doing it myself because I am not an electrician. I was just curious if it was possible and if it was an easy job aka an inexpensive job to do.
Its a easy job if they have easy access to the wire and electrical boxes. Depending on how they are wired would depend on your cost. Figure around a 2-4 hour charge to do the work so around 200-600 depending on costs around you.
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It really depends on where the wiring is routed and how easily accessible it is. What you have is a pair of three way switches. I'm no electrician either but I have done a fair amount of home electrical working on my house and garage. Hard to say what an electrician would charge you to do it cause we don't know how easy it is for him to get at the wiring.

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It really depends on where the wiring is routed and how easily accessible it is. What you have is a pair of three way switches. I'm no electrician either but I have done a fair amount of home electrical working on my house and garage. Hard to say what an electrician would charge you to do it cause we don't know how easy it is for him to get at the wiring.
X2. You really dont know how involved it is till you start tearing into it. And of course factors such as exterior walls and whats under your house can help give you a little bit of an idea of where the wires are, and difficulty. For example is it on a concrete slab, or do you have a crawlspace, basement etc.
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I can't say what you'd need to do without looking at it, but there are two basic possibilities for wiring-power at one of the switch boxes, and power at one of the lights.

If it's power at the switch, and with a switch leg running between the next box, then you can recycle the travellers into a common and pretty much just install two 2-way switches. That's easy.

Buuuuut, if you've got power at the lights, then you'd need to pull more wire to separate the switching circuits, and that'll probably involve cutting drywall, or at least pulling wire through a crawlspace or attic or whatever. And that is what starts to suck up manpower-that's a 2-3 hour job, a few hundred worth of labour and parts. And if you're on slab and don't have a crawlspace or basement, that means you'll need an electrician to wire it AND a drywaller to put everything back afterwards.

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