Wire 3 lights with one switch...hot on first light

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Old 05-01-19, 11:20 AM
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Wire 3 lights with one switch...hot on first light

I told you I'd be back. I think I wired this in series so I need to fix it so it's right. Instead of showing how I have this wired, I'll let you tell me what to do.
The diagram shows the lights... the source cable enters light box 1.
I cannot add to the switch box. Light 2 has a hot cable going to other receptacles.
 
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Old 05-01-19, 11:40 AM
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Run 3 wire cable from light 1 to light 2. Run 2 wire cable from light 2 to light 3.
Run 3 wire cable from the switch to ight 1.

Connect all of the white wires together where they come together.

Connect the black power feed at light 1 only to the red from the switch and the red from light 2.

Connect the red wire at light 2 only to the black continuing on past.

Connect the remaining black wires together where they come together.

Connect red and black to the switch. Tape over the white wire in the switch box and curl that up inside the box.

(Connect all ground wires together wherever they come together.)

If two or more wires need to go under one screw terminal, cut a short piece of wire of the same color and attach that to the screw. Connect the other end of the short length to the other wires in question.
 
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Old 05-01-19, 11:47 AM
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I'm going to assume #14 wire and 15A breaker, but make it #12 if it's 20A.

Run 14/3 cable from light1 to switch; run 14/3 from light1 to light2; run 14/2 from light2 to light3.

At light1, connect all of the black wires except the one to the light fixture itself. Connect all of the whites. Connect both the reds and the light1 black.

At switch, cap off the white, put the black and red on the switch terminals.

At light 2, connect all the whites, connect the incoming black and receptacle black, connect the red to the fixture black and the black going to light3

At light3, match color to color.
 
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Old 05-01-19, 12:16 PM
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This will work . Yellow used to represent white.
Note that current code requires neutrals at the switch even if not used.

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Old 05-01-19, 06:15 PM
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ok, can't do it with 2-wire cable?
 
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Old 05-01-19, 06:22 PM
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Which wire would like to leave out, the neutral the switched hot or the constant hot?

Bring the receptacle and the power connection to the switch box and you can do it with 2 wire cable.
 
 

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