Controlling 2 separate light wall switches with one wire.

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Old 07-18-06, 01:32 PM
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Smile Controlling 2 separate light wall switches with one wire.

I need to come out of the box in my garage with one wire that will run first to one switch and then to the second switch in such a way as to control the 2 lights individually.
Please tell me how to do this.
MANY Thanks.
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Old 07-18-06, 01:41 PM
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Confirm this is what you want and I will tell you how to connect it. Is this a 15 or 20 amp circuit?
Power cable into sw1 then into sw2.
cable from sw1 to light1 and cable from sw2 to light 2.
 
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Old 07-18-06, 05:19 PM
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Single Wire from Box to control 2 separte light switches

I posted today and cannot find...I'm new to site.
This is 15 amp and would be from a box located in the garage to first one switch & the to another. They would independently control the 2 lights...mostly don't know the connection for the first switch.
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Old 07-18-06, 06:26 PM
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What type of wire are you using? e.g. romex, thhn in conduit etc.

Simply put, you pigtail the hot leg at the first switch. Tie one tail to the switch and then continue THAT SAME WIRE to the next switch. Land that wire on the 2nd switch. Now you have 2 switches with only one wire on them. From the second screw of each switch, run a wire to the light you want to control. The neutral wire needs to make joints and continue with the hot leg to the second switch and from each box, along with the switch leg (the second screw on the switch you hooked up) goes to the light that the switch is controlling.

Do not forget to attach a ground wire to each switch, each box and the light fixture, if there is a ground screw for this (on the fixture that is), Tie all the grounds together at each place they meet with no breaks anywhere.
 

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Old 07-18-06, 06:29 PM
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In all the boxes connect all the whites together and all the grounds together.
at first switch box.
Connect the black power in to the black to second switch and to one screw of first switch.
connect light one black to other screw on first switch.

at second switch
connect one black to each screw on switch.
 
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Old 07-22-06, 11:12 AM
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More correct to state that you are extending a 2-wire "feed-out" CABLE from an existing outlet box.

Your description could be construed as 2 liting-outlets controlled together from two seperate switch-locations. Essentialy, the two liting outlets either operate together, or seperately.
 
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