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derick2011 11-15-2011 04:09 PM

Switch Loop
I finished off an eave. There was a light in the middle of the eave. I put a light on the back wall and front wall, with a switch at the end. I took the light out that was in middle of eave and pigtailed black-to-black and white-to-white in the junction box. I ran cable to back wall for light, then to front wall for light, then to switch.

I am confused as to how exactly to wire for a switch loop. So I have two lights before the switch. Do I make the switch at the first light in the series. Also, for the first light in series that gets the switch, if there is a black and white wire coming out of the light fixture, how do the wires connect to the fixture? Black to Black, white to black, does it matter? I made a diagram on powerpoint, I can not upload. I can email directly.

joecaption 11-15-2011 04:17 PM

The lights should have been wired black to black and white to white excpt the one closest to the switch. That one gets white to white and the black gets run down to the switch, connected to one side and the other side runs back up to the light and connected to the black. Often times you run reguler romax down to the switch and just wrap the white with black elec. tape so you know it's a switch wire and then you will have a ground to connect.

derick2011 11-15-2011 10:29 PM

Alright, I want to make sure I got it. Junction box for last light: cable coming in from power source: white wire connected to white wire from light; black wire pigtailed with black wire running to switch. White wire coming from switch pigtailed with black wire from light. Correct?

derick2011 11-15-2011 11:31 PM

When I wired it like that, the light closes to the switch worked off the switch. The light between the power source and light closes to the switch did not work off the switch and was always on.

derick2011 11-15-2011 11:41 PM

what does it mean when you flip the switch and both lights come on but one goes out after a split second and is dimly lit (if you flip the switch off then on again the first light may go out then the other one is lit)? Using CFLs.

derick2011 11-16-2011 12:01 AM

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I attached a wiring diagram i found in book. I can't figured out how to wire for two lights. I tried doing this what's in the picture for the light closes to the power source. Connect black wire to white and white to white from light.

Then in the next junction box (light closes to switch) doing this: pigtailing white wires from switch and power source together. Black wires runs to top of switch and connects to black wire off light.

I can see how the current flows. Power comes into the bottom of the switch and leaves top. When I wire it like this though I get the: only one light works problem and flipping switch on and off again the other light now works and the first doesn't thing.

I tried wiring it so I pigtailed all black wires together all the way to switch, then connected white wires to light to and from lights. I got the one light thing again.

nealtw 11-16-2011 12:35 AM

If the power is coming into the light fixture and then to the switch.
Pig tail power black to switch white switch black to lamp black and second light black
Pigtail power white to lamp white and second light white.

joecaption 11-16-2011 02:59 AM

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JoeD 11-16-2011 06:51 AM

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Did you run 14/3 between the two lights? You can't control two lights with a switch loop without using 14/3 between the lights.

This drawing has three light but two is the same.

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derick2011 11-16-2011 11:48 AM

No I did not use 14/3. its 14/2. Did you see the wiring diagram attachment. They used 14/2. but u are saying if its more than one light on a switch loop you got to use 14/3? Damn. Curious, what is the deal with both lights coming on and then one going out and flipping the switch off/on could reverse them? using CFLs.

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