Lighting Problem, need assistance...

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Old 01-17-05, 01:55 PM
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Lighting Problem, need assistance...

Hello,

I have a problem with a few light fixtures. I have an outdoor porch light and an indoor foyer light. They are wired to the same switch. I would like to separate them. When I removed the switch I saw four wires, two black, two white.

It looks to me like one set (b/w) of wires is from the power source and the other set goes to the lights for power when the switch is flipped to "on". If that is the case what would I need to do to separate the on/off functions for the two light fixtures?

Any other thoughts are appreciated.

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- Eric
 
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Old 01-17-05, 05:34 PM
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You need to bring a new cable from one of the lights into the switch box and install a duplex switch.
 
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Old 01-17-05, 07:20 PM
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How would ecerything be connected? And what are the four wires for already in the box? Is one set hot, and the other for switching the lights on and off?

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Old 01-17-05, 07:50 PM
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In the switch box one set of blk/wht wires brings power to use. The other set appear to go to the first light and then to the second light-they are wired in series. To switch them independantly you need to bring another cable to the switch box and use a duplex switch. You can run the cable from either light location, it's just a matter of how you rewire it after.

To do this look at the wiring at each light. The fixture that has 2 blk/wht wires is the first one wired, and then the ckt continues to the second light which should only have one blk/wht. Decide which location will be the easiest to run a new cable back to the switch.

If you need more help just post back when you know the above.
 
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