two lights with switch at end of run

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Old 03-18-07, 11:04 PM
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two lights with switch at end of run

I need to wire two recessed lights (ceiling is open) and have the switch at the end of the run. (lets say this is running left to right - L1, L2, Dimmer Switch)
A 12/2 with ground comes into the first light...and then?
Thanks in advance. S.
 
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Old 03-19-07, 12:19 AM
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To do this we'll create a switch loop:

At L1:
[White incoming line] to [White L1]
[Black incoming line] to [Black outgoing line]
[Black L1] to [White outgoing line - code black]
[Ground incoming line] to [Ground L1] And [Ground outgoing line]

At L2:
[White incoming line - code black] to [White L2]
[Black incoming line] to [Black outgoing line]
[Black L2] to [White outgoing line - code black]
[Ground incoming line] to [Ground L2] And [Ground outgoing line]

At Switch:
[White incoming line - code black] to [Switch top terminal]
[Black incoming line] to [Switch bottom terminal]
[Ground incoming line] to [Ground Switch] And [Ground Switch Box if metal]

Hope this all makes sense!
 
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Old 03-19-07, 01:02 AM
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Rdn you have right idea but you are missing one item is extra wire from the lumiaire .

here is the correct way [ i will add this >*< that mean addtial note ]

12-2 to the first lumiaire

all white wire and white lumiaire wire tied together with wirenut [ use the red wire nut on this size ]
black wire to black wire [ use the yellow wirenut on this one ]
** red wire tied to the black lumiaire
ground wire[s] tie together and bond in the box and strap etc if metal
run this [ 12-3 ] to next lumiaire

12-3 to second lumiaire do the same as above :
white wire from 12 -3 and lumiaire white wire tie together [ use yellow wirenuts ]
black [ 12-3 to 12-2 ] to white 12-2 [ remark to black or bleu ]
red wire from 12-3 tie with lumiaire black wire and black wire from 12 -2 [ that will go to the switch ]{use red wirenuts on this one }

then 12 -2 to switch [ switch loop ]
black wire to bottom brass screw termail
remarked white [ black or bleu ] to top termail
ground wire to the metal box and switch green screw termail

this is pretty straght foward job but make sure you remark the switch loop so this way it dont get mixed up

Merci , Marc
 
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Old 03-19-07, 07:33 AM
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Thanks, I used the 3 wire method and it worked great. next up is the crowded metal junction box with 3 12/2 nm 2 14/2 nm and 2 bx. ??????
I'll be back!.
 
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Old 03-19-07, 11:23 AM
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Good catch French! Sorry - I guess I shouldn't post past 1a.m. anymore!

with my approach the lights will work - until a bulb blows, then they all stop.

Sorry!
 
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