Basement lights: Series to Parallel

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Old 10-12-05, 07:48 AM
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Basement lights: Series to Parallel

I have an unfinished basement that has four basement light fixtures wired in series and controlled by a single switch. The power feeds the switch, which then activates all four lights. I would like to control each light fixture with its own switch while avoiding unneccesary removal of the existing 14/2 cable.

I am thinking of wiring the lights parallel and controlling each individual light with a switch loop. I plan to disconnect the power running to the switch at the beginning of the series and run it to the second light in series, then using pigtails, use the existing cable between the second and first to provide power to the first while converting the existing switch, which is connected to the first, to a switch loop configuration.

I would then rewire the cables between lights 2 and 3, and 3 and 4 in a parallel fashing, and install a switch loop to control each individual light.

Does this plan present any problems? Thanks for your help
 
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Your plan is basically sound. As a side note, the lights are already in parallel, not series.
 
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Thanks for your help. I'll let you know how the project comes out.
 
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