Splitting light circuit

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Old 01-03-16, 08:16 PM
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Splitting light circuit

Hello, I have a branch circuit on the second floor of my detached garage that has one switch that controls six ceiling lights (60 watt bulbs). The power feed is a 15 amp circuit with 14/2 wire that comes in from a panel on the first floor, goes into the switch and then out to the lights. I would like to rewire the circuit to add a second switch so each switch controls three lights. Is it to code to split the hot wire in the switch box and feed it into two switched circuits? Thank you.
 
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Old 01-03-16, 08:26 PM
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Is it to code to split the hot wire in the switch box and feed it into two switched circuits? Thank you.
Yes. Install a double gang box or use a duplex switch in the existing single gang box. If you use two simplex switches in a double gang box you will need to pigtail the hot to the two switches.
 
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Old 01-03-16, 08:45 PM
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As long as the box has room for the additional cable your plan is fine.
 
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