connecting a light fixture,feed wire, switch wire

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Old 10-01-03, 06:57 PM
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Question connecting a light fixture,feed wire, switch wire

how do i connect all three wires?

i have three wires l need to connect

1... the feed wire of course. blk/wht/ground
2...the switch recepticle wire blk/wht/ground
3...the light fixture wire blk/wht/ground.

how do i connect them?


need to complete this project already, any help would be greatly appreciated
 
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Old 10-01-03, 07:09 PM
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So let me rephrase so you can see if I understand correctly.

You are working in a ceiling or wall box where a light fixture will be mounted. You have a cable coming in providing unswitched power (what you call the "feed wire"). You have a cable that runs to the switch (what you call the "switch receptacle wire"). The other end of this cable to the switch has the black and white wires connected to the two screws on the switch. And the light fixture you want to install has a black, white and grounding wires.

Connect the power cable black to the switch cable white. Tuck this connection into the back of the box. Neither of these wires attaches to the light.

Connect the light fixture black to the switch cable black. Connect the light fixture white to the power cable white. Connect all three grounding wires.

To be code compliant, use a black marker to remark the last inch of both ends of the white wire of the cable to the switch.
 
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Old 10-01-03, 08:45 PM
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thanks alot for the quick reply! i'll try it tomorrow morning and be sure to let you know how it goes.


one more question though, the light fixture im using is the last in four recessed lights i installed to work of the single switch, is that ok?
 
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Old 10-01-03, 08:59 PM
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Nope.

If I understand you right, you ran cabling like this:

Power-L1-L2-L3-L4-S

using all 14/2 cable.

If so, forget my instructions. There is no way to make this work. Post back and confirm my understanding and I'll tell you how to start over.
 
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Old 10-02-03, 08:38 AM
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you are correct, except that im using 12-2 wire instead.
i tried your advice and got it to work except that only the 1st and 2nd light come on. 3,4 do not show power coming into them.
i found a broken wire at # 2 which may have been the problem but after fixing it i still have the problem.
 
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Old 10-02-03, 08:42 AM
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let me be more specific here and try to make sense for you to work with:


i have #1 which is actually the last in the run, connected to #2, then #2 is connected to #3, then #3 is connected to #4, which is then running to the junction box where the power and switch lines are.

hope that helps and again thanks for your help
 
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Old 10-02-03, 09:00 AM
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You CAN'T do it unless you ran 12/3 from L1 -L2 -L3 -L4. You need to run the power to the same light as you ran the switch or It won't work.
 
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Old 10-02-03, 10:19 AM
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thats what i did.

i have L1,L2,L3 all running to L4 which is then run to the junction box that has the power and the switch wires coming in.

and now i got them all to work! problem was a few snapped connections where i did pigtails to connect 3 black wires!

thanks to all for all the help, it was greatly appreciated!!!
 
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Old 10-02-03, 10:44 AM
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What is the volume of the L4 JB? I hope it is a monster or you have too many wires in it...
 

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