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How to Control One Light Bulb from Six Different Places?

Controlling a Lamp by Six Places by using Two, 2-Way Switches & Four Intermediate Switches

In today basic home electrical wiring installation tutorial, we will show how to wire and control a light point from six different places by using two, 2-way switches and four intermediate switches.

We will use 2, two-way SPDT (Single Pole Double Through) switches and four intermediate switches to control the lamp from six different places.

Before go in details, we have to show the basic construction and operating mechanism of single way switch and intermediate switch.

Working & Operation Mechanism of SPDT (2-way) Switch

Construction & operation of two way SPST (Single Pole Double Through) Switch
Construction & operation of two way SPDT (Single Pole Double Through) Switch

Working & Operation Mechanism of Intermediate Switch

Construction & Working operation of Intermediate Switc
Construction & Working operation of Intermediate Switch

We have posted a detailed post about What is Intermediate Switch & Its Construction, Working & Uses in Electrical Wiring

like using intermediate switch in basic home electrical wiring installations i.e. staircase wiring, two-way switching, three way switching as well as controlling a light point from different places by using intermediate switch.

Good to know: You can control a light point from many different places as you want by using two, 2-way switches and the required number of intermediate switches needed to control the light bulb (or any other electrical appliances) from different locations and places.


  • Two Way Switches (SPDT = Single Pole Double Through) x 2 No
  • Lamp (Light Bulb) x 1 No
  • Short pieces of cables x 12 No


Just connect  four intermediate switches in the middle of the two, 2-way switches as shown in fig below. The circuit will capable to control the light bulb from six different places. You may control the bulb from more than six places by adding additional intermediate switches in the middle of the circuit i.e. in between two, 2-way switches.

How to Control One Light Bulb from Six Different Places?
How to Control One Light Bulb from Six Different Places?

Working of the Circuit:

If both two-way switches are at OFF or ON position, The light bulb will switch ON and glow and the bulb may be controlled (To Switch ON or OFF) by pressing any intermediate switch. In other words, you may switch ON or OFF the light point by just pressing any switch no matter it is the two switch or intermediate switch.

Good to know:

  • Switches and fuses must be connected through line (Live) wire.
  • More wires and cables are required in this kind of wiring connection.


  • Electricity is Our Enemy, if you give it a chance to kill you, Remember, they will never miss it. Please read all caution and instruction while doing this tutorial in practical.
  • Disconnect the power source before servicing, repairing or installing electrical equipments.
  • Never try to work on electricity without proper guidance and care.
  • Work with electricity only in presence of those persons who has good knowledge and practical work and experience who know how to deal with electricity.
  • Read all instruction and cautions and follow them strictly.
  • Contact the licensed electrician or the power supply company before practicing any change in electrical wiring connection.
  • The author will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information or if you try any circuit in wrong format. So please! Be careful because it’s all about electricity and electricity is too dangerous.

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  6. Completely useless. Put an X on the first 4 way switch and you will see your circuit not working.

    1. Michael J Long says:

      Please explain.

      1. Anonymous says:

        Do not cross the wires at the bottom

  7. how to control different lights individual from different points and switching all on and off from 4 places

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