Two switches fan/light to two different light circuits


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Old 04-14-22, 07:42 AM
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Two switches fan/light to two different light circuits

So I have a ceiling light and fan in small room. I want to replace the ceiling fan with a regular light fxiture and also add some slim LED ceiling lights.

My question is right now i have two light switches one controlled the fan and one the light. Is it possible to have one switch turn on the cam lights and one turn on the light fixture, or is it best to just daisy chain them all together and have them all turn on at the same time?
 
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Old 04-14-22, 08:12 AM
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You can do it either way. Personally, I'd have each type of light on it's own switch since it's already existing but you can hook up all your lights in series controlled by one switch.
 
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Old 04-14-22, 08:15 AM
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If I understand correctly you have one switch for the fan and switch one for the existing light. So you have independent power to each appliance. Yes, you can remove the fan and control one item from one switch and the other item from the other switch. The switch doesn't know what it's hooked up to. Only that it is closing a circuit. What's it's controlling is of no concern to the switch. However, you wiring may need to be checked depending what you're hooking it up to.
 
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Old 04-14-22, 09:24 AM
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"hook up all your lights in series controlled by one switch." I think PD meant to say hook up all your lights/loads in parallel controlled by one switch assuming they are 120 vac devices.
 
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Old 04-14-22, 11:32 AM
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I will have to check when i get home to see what i have, but what if this is a 12/3 wire instead of 2 12/2 wires?
 
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Old 04-14-22, 11:47 AM
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You have two switches and two switched sources at the fan. It doesn't matter if it's 12-2 or 12-3.
You can use one circuit for the ceiling light and one circuit for your LED lights.
You'll need to access the wiring at the ceiling box to connect the LED lights.
Job would be fairly easy if there was an attic above.
 
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Old 04-14-22, 05:51 PM
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No attic space, so here is what i have:

2 wall switches and one 12/3 wire running to the light/ceiling fan fixture.

I want to basically replace the fan/light with just one light fixture/chandelier on one switch. Then run 4 led cam lights to the ceiling that turn on and off with the other switch at the wall.

I would rather they are two circuits, but may just daisy chain to the original light to save time.

Any easy options to get these tied to the two separate switches (one for the LED's and one for main light fixture in original spot).

Also there is enough space to run cable between the LED's just hard to get to the original location where the light/fan was.
 
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Old 04-14-22, 07:48 PM
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Daisy chaining is a confusing description with electric.

You can attach your LED's to the ceiling light but it doesn't make any difference. You need to connect to the circuit either at the ceiling box or the switches. Both circuits are available at both locations so it comes down to which is easier to connect to. Doesn't matter if all the lights are on one switch or two.... the connection work is the same.

Technically it's easier to connect to the ceiling box. The ceiling box will be mounted between two joists. You could cut a receptacle in close to the wall in the same bay and then fish to the ceiling box.
 
 

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