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3 way switch old home

I have a light/fan on a 3-way switch. When remodeling the room I tried to update the switches. So far I have been unable to figure out the wiring. The old switch looked like. Name:  IMG_1449.jpg
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With the red to red, white to white, green to black of the two switches:
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I am trying to install Pass and Seymour3 way paddle switches from Lowe's. Could someone help me out with the wiring.
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Old 12-20-16, 01:58 PM
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That looks like a low voltage switch. Does your house have low voltage switching for the lights? If so you need special switches. Show us the back of the switch and tell us of anything written on it.
 
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I am not sure if I have low voltage switches. This is my first time trying to update the switches. Here is s picture of the backs. Thank youName:  IMG_1452.jpg
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That certainly looks like low voltage switching and by now the relay is probably melted as it only needs a momentary pulse to operate. You've got it directly shorted.

Those switches should only be momentary..... push up or push down.
The switch doesn't stay up or down...... correct ?
 
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Correct it is a momentary up/down on the original switches.
 
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Old 12-20-16, 04:04 PM
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The GE system was the most popular. This company pretty much took over the market.

GE Low Voltage Light Switches, Low Voltage Light Switch Covers, Relays
 
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Old 12-20-16, 04:19 PM
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You will need to find the box with the relays to check if the relay is still good.

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Low Voltage Building Wiring & Lighting Systems - Inspection & Repair Guide for
 
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I could not find a central box like that. How ever. I did disconnect the light switch I had installed and tried crossing the white - green (on) and white - red (off) wires and the light turned on and off from both switch locations. Does this mean the relay still works?
 
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Does this mean the relay still works?
Yes it does. Use Pete's link above to find a comparable switch.
 
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Thank you both for your help!
 
 

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