Adding new kitchen light pendant


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Old 11-05-22, 11:40 AM
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Adding new kitchen light pendant

I am adding two kitchen light pendants to an existing electrical box which contains 5 wires: a 2 way switch, 1 single switch, a receptacle, and 2 unknown destinations (see current picture attached). I will be attaching the new 14 gauge wire as follows: ground wire to existing ground bundle, common wire to existing common bundle, hot wire to top switch terminal, and a pigtail from the bottom switch terminal to the hot wire bundle. ( see future diagram highlighted). Is this setup to code? why is the the existing 2 way switch bottom hot wire terminal connected to the bottom terminal of the existing


single switch? Any feedback would be appreciated.
 
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Old 11-05-22, 12:12 PM
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Although in your case there are only two switches.... it's called a three way switch circuit.
So there are three way switches and single pole switches.

I see a two gang box. Where will the third switch go?

Only one type of connection should be used on a device.... both screws terminals or both push-in terminals. It's much easier to connect one wire to the screw and the other to the push-in terminal.... but it's wrong. You need to remove the wire from the push-in and nearby screw terminal and connect together. Add a third wire.... tail.... to go to switch.
 
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Old 11-05-22, 12:46 PM
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Added some corrections.....
Two terminals on new switch.
All three switches have a tail that goes to the splice.
You could make a splice of the three switch hots to a tail and then to the main hot splice.

Word of warning: That box is wiring overloaded. It should be changed to a three gang box.
 
 

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