Wiring Help for a lowly EE


Old 10-27-05, 09:53 AM
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Wiring Help for a lowly EE

Hello, I have a room in the basement that has incoming 12/2 Cu from a junction box feeding to a light, then 12/2 fed to another light, then 12/2 run to a combination switch/recept. I would like to wire this setup so that the switch operates independent of the receptacle, so my plan is to run 12/2 from the junction box to the switch/recept combo, then 12/2 to the first light, and 12/2 to the second light. On paper it looks like this will work. What do the experts think? And is there an easier way?

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Old 10-27-05, 10:16 AM
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Sounds like a good plan to me.
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If the first light is where the power is, you can use a 12/3 from it to the switch/recept.
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The setup as you have it now can have the receptacle switched and not the second light, or can have the second light switched and the receptacle not working. You cannot switch the first light.

To have both lights switched and the receptacle always hot you will need to rewire as you have stated.

There are other rewiring options,, but that is the easiest to understand.

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