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oxicottin 04-18-2009 09:15 AM

One switch controls 2 lights
Hello, I was wondering how I could wire a switch that could control two lights. My problem is that the power would be closer to the lights instead of the switch. Can I run power to a light then work off of that? Would I need 14/3 which I have some of and I have some 14/2 so no worries there.


kok328 04-18-2009 05:31 PM

Yes, you can do it that way. 14/2 is fine.
Run 14/2 to your fixture. Connect the neutral to that fixture. Intercept the hot going to the fixture with a 14/2 switch leg to the switch, coming back to the fixture. Be sure to label the neutral in your switch leg as hot with a piece of black electrical tape on both ends of the switch leg.

oxicottin 04-19-2009 05:14 AM

kok328 thanks for the reply! Do you know of any links to a diagram that the power would go to a light instead of a switch so I can understand :confused:


JoeD 04-19-2009 09:40 AM

oxicottin 04-19-2009 12:24 PM

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Thanks the images are very help full! I have one last question on a 3-way switch. The power would go to one switch 1 and from that switch to a light and from switch 1 to another switch. How would I wire this up using 14/3 wire and which wire goes to the black screw. Thanks!

Here is an example image I made :D

JoeD 04-26-2009 07:24 AM

locknut 04-27-2009 05:09 AM

oxicottin: Just to apprise of electricians lingo, i.e., what's said around here anyhow, the two wires (red/white) between switches are termed "travelers" (or "lazy legs"). The feed wires to the arms of the switches (SPDT) are the "points."

Mattr 04-09-2014 09:09 PM

Help with wiring
I have a senario just like the diagram posted by joe d in post #4. I wired it to the diagram and I have juice to the circuit all the time. The switch is turned off and on and I still have juice to the circuit . What am I doing wrong? I did not connect the light fixtures yet, just have the wires coming out of the light boxes. Do I need to connect the lights to complete the circuit?

nealtw 04-09-2014 09:30 PM

Welcome; Are you sure you are checking the right side of the switch. One screw will always be hot, the other one is off, on.

Mattr 04-09-2014 09:39 PM

I tested for juice at the two light boxes, I thought I was crazy so hooked up a light fixture with bulb and flipped the breaker on and the light stays on with switch on or off.

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