Help me understand the wiring of my ceiling lights

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Old 07-16-18, 09:06 AM
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Help me understand the wiring of my ceiling lights

What I thought was going to be an easy switch has turned out to be rather complicated. We're remodeling the basement and one of the rooms has one lightswitch and two ceiling lights. I took the first light down, and the wiring is not what I expected to see. There are three black wires and three white wires. Each white wire is wrapped around a black wire and then one of those pairs was just taped up and not connected to anything.

Is this a common wiring scenario?
 
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Old 07-16-18, 10:43 AM
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You only described half the circuit Tell us about the switches.
 
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The light switch has just one black wire and one very old looking white wire that I can see. I didnít want to pull everything out the whole way as all of these wires are very stiff and brittle.
 
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Old 07-16-18, 03:41 PM
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We can't giess at the wiring but a white and black on the switch. This supposition is further supported by your statement,
Each white wire is wrapped around a black wire
but there should be only one white connected to a black at the light so a bit confusing. Can you give a better picture not so dark and with the wires pulled out and more straightened/separated but still connected so they are easier see. Also what is at the second light.
 
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