This is the wiring for a dimmer in a 4 way circuit. To make this circuit work, a 3 way dimmer is used in place of one or both of the standard 3 way switches. A dimmer can be added in this way to any of the circuits on this page. A 3 way dimmer has 4 wires: one common, two travelers and a ground.
In this arrangement two 3-way dimmers are used to allow for lowering the lights from both locations. Here the common on the first dimmer connects to the hot source and the common on the second connects to the hot on the light. As with all these types of circuits the traveler wires run between the switches and connect the traveler terminals.
At the beginning of the circuit the hot source is connected to the common terminal on SW1. The neutral is spliced to the white cable wire and then spliced to the neutral terminal at L1, along with the white 2-cable wire running to L2 where it connects to the neutral terminal.
In this updated diagram 3-conductor cable runs between the receptacle and switch, and the red cable wire is used to carry the hot source to the bottom terminal on the switch. The neutral from the source is passed through to the switch box using the white wire and in this diagram the white wire is capped with a wire nut.
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