Confirmation for my wiring setup

Old 09-13-02, 06:35 PM
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Confirmation for my wiring setup

Hi, I've recently done some wiring and being a novice when it comes to electricity I'd like some confirmation that my connections are correct before I restore power.

I've got power coming into my switch which is connected to 2 recessed lights and from there I've then connected to two receptacles connecting black wires to the whites the whole way. Is this correct and if so, will the switch affect the receptacles at all? (I don't want it to). Any advice would be appreciated
Old 09-13-02, 07:29 PM
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What do mean"connecting black wires to the whites the whole way"?
Old 09-13-02, 07:36 PM
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Sorry I wasn't very clear with my terminology, let me try to explain more clearly... I connected the original power black to the switch and the light #1 black wire to the switch and the white wires to eachother. From there at light #1 I connected the black wire from the switch, the black wire from the light and the black wire from light #2 and did the same with the white wires.

At light #2 I connected black from #1, black from from the light and from black leading to the receptacle and did the same again with the white wires and then from receptacle #1 connected to receptacle #2 connecting the black with the brass screws and silver screws.

I hope that can help you better understand what I've done...
Old 09-13-02, 07:37 PM
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Wiring topics are a little tough to describe in a forum; you might want to invest in a good book or pamphlet on basic wiring.

Here's a few basics:

1. The switch should be in the "hot" (black) lead.
2. Black wires are never connected to white (there are one or two exceptions to this, but generally a no-no). If you daisy chain the lights or receptacles together in this fashion you will have a series circuit (as opposed to a parallel circuit). While the circuit will work what will happen is that if one bulb blows the whole circuit dies (if you're old enough, this is why old-time Christmas tree light sets were such a pain in the butt).
3. Receptacles must have unswitched hot and neutral (black and white) leads to be always "hot". Also ensure proper polarity - black lead goes on brass-colored terminal, white lead goes on silver-colored terminal. If you connect the receptacles on the end of the lighting circuit, they also be controlled by the switch.

Hope this helps. Should be some real electricians along to add some professional advice.
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Your wiring is correct, except that your switch will control the receptacles as well as the lights. Since you only have switched power at light#2, that's all you can provide if you run the cable from there.

If you want the receptacles to be unswitched, you'll have to run a cable from the switch box to the first receptacle, rather than from a light box to the first receptacle.

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