additional overhead lights & independent switchs


Old 03-09-02, 03:06 PM
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additional overhead lights & independent switchs

Ok, here comes another one. You guys had so much fun with the number of wires I could put in conduit. This should be a no brainer for you guys.

I want to install an overhead bath light with switch and then branch off to provide power to a bedroom overhead light with switch. The power is being fed from an existing overhead light. If I connect the black from the power to white(black) of the bath switch and white(black) of the bedroom switch, won't they be switched together? Do I need to run 3 conductor cable from the junction box in the bathroom? If so, how is that wired? The way this needs to run is from bedroom 1 (power) to junction box in bath to junction box for bedroom. Thanks in advance, you guys are a lot of fun
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Old 03-09-02, 03:21 PM
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There are a hundred ways to wire it, and most do not require any three-wire cable.

You mention "an existing overhead light". Does this light have a source of unswitched power, or is there only switched power there.

Start with any source of unswitched power. Run a 2-wire cable to the bath switch. Run another 2-wire cable from the bath switch to the bedrooom switch. Run cables from each of the two switch boxes to their respective lights.

Post back and tell me if you also are going to need help with the connections, or if you will have some problem with the above. There are many other ways to do it and I only gave you one (the simplest and the one least likely to get you into trouble).

In order not to violate code, I hope this circuit does not have the bathroom receptacle on it.

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