Decoupling many lights from one switch


Old 06-11-19, 07:50 AM
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Decoupling many lights from one switch

In my garage the two exterior lights, one interior light, and two lights in the garage door opener all run off the same switch. I'd like to split those into exterior and interior switches. All of the switches, boxes, and wires are exposed in the garage (not behind drywall or such). This isn't an electrical project I've tried before but I would like to and think I can. I'm NOT expecting full instruction in this post, but asking two things:

1) Is this something a DIYer with decent skill should be able to tackle?

2) Does what I am doing have any sort of name by which I could search for video instruction? Or even get a book from the library?

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Old 06-11-19, 08:44 AM
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2) no specific name. It's just basic electrical wiring. Bring power the switch box first and then run switched power cables to the fixtures. Fixtures on the same switch can be cabled from fixture to fixture until the end of the line.
Old 06-11-19, 09:36 AM
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So you have one switch controlling everything now? You will need to separate interior fixtures from exterior, possibly using junction boxes, how many cables are in the switch box now?

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