Closet Light Conundrum


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Old 07-15-19, 10:24 PM
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Closet Light Conundrum

Hi all. Newbie here with very little electrical experience and i'm hoping to tap into the collective expertise.of this forum

i have three 6" canned lights in my closet (L1, L2 & L3). L1 and L3 are regular lights but L2 has an integrated night light. in order to switch between regular and night light you simply toggle the light switch off and on.

My dream is flick the switch and all 3 lights come on. when i flick the switch off, L1 and L3 will stay off but L2 will flip to night light.

in order to achieve this i bought a SPDT toggle switch from Leviton (ON/OFF/ON). L1 and L3 are wired together and connected to pole A on the switch. i then hooked two separate wires from L2 and connected one to pole A and the second to pole B. i've included a rough diagram that hopefully explains what did.

Now as you probably know (and i have now since discovered) this does not work. When i toggle between poles A and B all the lights come on (L2 toggles between light and night light). Is there any way i can achieve what i'm looking for.

I hope this makes sense and thanks in advance. for any advice you can provide.
 
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Old 07-16-19, 04:58 AM
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You need a dpdt switch so the L2 can be completely separate L1 and L3. L1 L3 get connected one pole one side. L2 gets connected to other pole both sides.
 
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Old 07-16-19, 05:07 AM
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Hi, does L2 have 2 separate lamps?
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Old 07-16-19, 04:08 PM
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Thanks Joed. Do i need 2 independent Hot feeds or can split the one?
 
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Old 07-16-19, 04:13 PM
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No one feed from the dpdt switch can feed L2.
 
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Old 07-21-19, 08:24 PM
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You nailed it Joed. Thank you!
 
 

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