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Preventing Electrical Switches from Converting to Three-way Switches

Reference Number: KB-00354 Last Updated: 10-21-2013 01:07 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


QUESTION

When I add two switches to my drawing, and then connect them to a single light, my switches convert automatically to three-way switches. How do I stop this automatic conversion process, so that I only have the two-way switches I started out with?


ANSWER

By default, electrical switches are set to automatically change to three-way switches when more than one switch is connected to the same fixture. 

 

If you would prefer that the program not do this, you can turn off this behavior for any electrical switch in its specification dialog.  It is important that this be done before electrical connections are drawn to the switch in question, however, as once a switch has been converted to a 3-way switch, there is not a way to convert it back. 

 

To prevent switches from changing type

  1. Click the Select Objects  tool, then click on an electrical switch to select it.


  2. Click the Open Object  edit button, and on the General panel of the Electrical Service Specification dialog:



    • Uncheck the box beside Automatically Change Switch Type When Wiring

    • Click OK to close the dialog and apply your change.


  3. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for any switches that you do not want to switch types when connections are added.


  4. You can now select Build> Electrical> Connect Electrical  from the menu and draw electrical connections to the switches that you modified without them changing to a different type.