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wiring a new circuit for lights in a basement. Please help.

wiring a new circuit for lights in a basement. Please help.


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Old 05-22-03, 05:36 PM
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wiring a new circuit for lights in a basement. Please help.

What is the best way to run a new 15 Amp circuit for 4 groups of light in 4 areas A (1 bulb), B (1 bulb), C (8 recessed lights), D (4 recessed lights). Since drywall has not been installed in ceiling or walls, I have a lot of options to run the wire for wire this circuit.
The arrangement of the rooms as follows:

A B

C D

Power feed (panelboard) is closest to A, then C then B and then D.
A is a room and will have its switch near door.
B is also a room and will have its switch near door.
C and D are open areas separated by a stair. C and D will be controlled by 2 adjacent dimmers mounted to wall at the bottom of the stair.

Thanks in advance.
 
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Old 05-22-03, 06:36 PM
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Run power to A, from A to B, from B to C,D . Run switchleg from A to light A. run switchleg from B to light B, etc.
 
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Old 05-22-03, 08:34 PM
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Thanks Sparky for your quick reply.
I just want to make sure what you meant is:
I run power to the switch box of A;
run a 14/2 from Switch box A to Light A;
run a 14/2 from Switch box A to Switch box B to provide power to B, and so on...
In Switch box A:
-white from power, white from cable to Light A and white from cable to Switch box B are secured together by a wire nut;
-black from power and black from cable to B are pigtailed to one screw on switch and black from cable to Light A is secured to the other screw of switch.
-all ground from 3 cables are pigtailed to ground on switch
In Light A:
-black to black; white to white and groud to ground.

BTW, Is "switchleg" a cable that goes from a switch to a fixture?

I appreciate your help.
 
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Old 05-23-03, 06:28 AM
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mimimimi, you have it exactly right.
 
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Old 05-23-03, 09:56 AM
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The way you have wired it you don't have a 'switchleg'. The way texsparky told you to run power to the light first you would have had a switch leg.
A switch leg is a cable that bring in power to a switch on the white and sends the switched power back on the black wire. There is no neutral in the switch box of a switchleg.
 
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Old 05-23-03, 10:14 AM
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A conductor running from a light switch to a light fixture is called a __________ ?
 
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Old 05-23-03, 05:57 PM
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Originally posted by texsparky
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A conductor running from a light switch to a light fixture is called a __________ ?
I call it switched power but not a 'switchleg' as neutral is present. I could be wrong but that is my interpretation.
 
 

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