Adding a new switch to existing recessed lighting.

Old 09-07-14, 04:31 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: usa
Posts: 1
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
Adding a new switch to existing recessed lighting.

Currently redoing a basement apartment for myself to live in. All of the drywall is down and most of the ceiling due to mold issues, the apartment is half finished.

Noticed that the recessed lighting in bedroom 2 is on the same switch as the kitchen/livingroom combo.

I want to add a new switch in bedroom 2 but i am unsure of how to without the switch from the kitchen/livingroom turning off the bedroom lights, do i need to run another line from the first switch or can i cut into the existing line?

The switch wiring is 1 white and 1 black wire going to the recessed lighting.

Hopefully my drawing helps red circles are the recessed lighting.
Red line is how it is currently wired.

Also the apartment is located in New York, Smithtown 11787.

Thanks in advance.

Old 09-07-14, 04:50 PM
PJmax's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Jersey
Posts: 65,921
Received 4,138 Upvotes on 3,716 Posts
Welcome to the forums.

If you break the lighting line with a switch where you've shown it then light switch 1 must be on for your new one to work.

You will need to locate a new feed for the bedroom 2 lights.
Old 09-07-14, 05:33 PM
Handyone's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: U.S.
Posts: 4,807
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
I would take it one step further.
Add switch for BR 2. Change existing Kitchen/LR switch to 3-way switch.
Add another 3-way switch at outside of BR2.

Since you have walls open, this is easily doable.
Your first step is to find where your source power is. It will be at one of the ceiling lights or at kitchen switch box.

Wiring for the "newly switched" BR lights and the 3-ways in kitchen require running new cable. The 3-ways are a little complicated, but with help here, it will be easier. It helps to be able to run the new cable to make wiring as easy as possible and understandable.

Like I said, first step is finding source.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: