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canuk
Re: How to Install switch to operate two lights.
RISurfer wrote:

McDaniel thanks for the help and diagrams.

I am a little confused. Can I keep the existing 2 wire in the ceiling?

I figured I could run the power to the 1st fixture and the 2 wire to the 2nd fixture(existing wire). I would add a 3 wire to a switch from the 1st and 2nd fixture. Run the 2 wire to the 3rd and 4th fixture (existing wire). Then add another 3 wire to another switch from the 3rd and 4th fixture. Done?

The only additions would be adding a 3 wire betwen the fixtures and from the fixtures to switches? Can I use the current wires?

Thanks for your help!

You got me a little confused.

Depending which route you go --- the existing wiring will stay --- exception would be removing the cable between 2 & 3.

There's no need for 14/3 to be used.

RISurfer
Re: How to Install switch to operate two lights.

The basement lights are connected straight to one circuit coming directly out of the service panel.

I am just confused as to which way this should be completed. Either having the power directly to the light fixture adding a switch between light fixtures 1 and 2 and another switch between 3 and 4 and keep the current 14/2 wire original setup. So in other words I am confused if I can keep this setup and just add a switch to light fixtures 1 and 2 and another switch to light fixtures 3 and 4 keeping the original setup just adding a switch to each sets of lights.

If I do go through the receptacles I would have to box in the old wire since there is a smoke alarm attached to the end of the ceiling wire run.

RISurfer
Re: How to Install switch to operate two lights.

attached is my set up. Sorry its sloppy.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: How to Install switch to operate two lights.

With this diagram you use all the existing cables except the one from light 2 to light 3. You then install new 2 conductor cable from light 1 to light 4 and new 2 conductor cable from light 1 to switch one and new 2 cond cable from light 4 to switch 2.
Jack

canuk
Re: How to Install switch to operate two lights.
RISurfer wrote:

The basement lights are connected straight to one circuit coming directly out of the service panel.

I am just confused as to which way this should be completed. Either having the power directly to the light fixture adding a switch between light fixtures 1 and 2 and another switch between 3 and 4 and keep the current 14/2 wire original setup. So in other words I am confused if I can keep this setup and just add a switch to light fixtures 1 and 2 and another switch to light fixtures 3 and 4 keeping the original setup just adding a switch to each sets of lights.

If I do go through the receptacles I would have to box in the old wire since there is a smoke alarm attached to the end of the ceiling wire run.

No offence -- but -- to be honest--- if you were savy with electrical you would be able to understand what to do --- even if the information we've supplied you is confusing .

You currently have 4 lights on one circuit ---- you want to control 2 pairs of lights with a switch contolling each pair.
Disconnect the 2 pairs from each other --- supply constant power to the switches and switched power to the lights to be controlled .
Diagrams and information have been provided --- not much more can be offered except --- if you are unsure what you are doing with electrical then call in an electrician.

RISurfer
Re: How to Install switch to operate two lights.

Canuk

You are right. I have little knowledge of electricity. I have performed the basic type of electrical jobs in my home. Called an electrician and was quoted $700 for the job. Price seems to be quite high. I was gaining info to see if I could complete the job. Thanks for the info.

canuk
Re: How to Install switch to operate two lights.

I agree with you --- trying to research things to educate yourself is a good thing --- you have to know your limit. If it becomes difficult to comprehend or you don't have the skill set to do electrical then it really should be done by someone that does. Otherwise it may become dangerous causing serious injury to people and/or damage to propery.
Unlike tiling a backsplash --- if it doesn't turn out properly --- it just may not look nice.

I think for just the lights --- $700 is a steep price even if though a permit would be required.

canuk
Re: How to Install switch to operate two lights.

RISurfer --- here's a suggestion based on your diagram and assuming the unlabeled item is the service panel.

JLMCDANIEL
Re: How to Install switch to operate two lights.

I'm a little concerned also.

You first ask "How to Install switch to operate two lights." You then added additional lights, and additional switch, and then again later a smoke detector and a $700 bid from an electrician.

Are you omitting additional information such as receptacles also on the line? If you provide complete details it would be much easier for us to provide the pertinent information you need and if neccessary more detailed instructions or step by step instructions if needed.
Jack

RISurfer
Re: How to Install switch to operate two lights.

McDaniel,

Thanks for your replys and valuable information. I was using info provided by the electrician. I took an indepth look at the circuit.

Here it is: 1st Circuit. Supply to 1 receptacle adjacent to supply box, light, light, light, light, smoke detector, light and a switch to operate the last light.

Second circuit. I have another circuit in the basement used only for 5 receptacles placed around the basment.

I called upon an electrician to place a switch to operate 2 lights on the left side of the basement and a switch to operate the 2 lights onthe right side of the basement. From what he quoated me he was going to eliminate 4 lights on the first circuit (4 lights which were pull string).
Run wire from the second circuit's 1st receptacle to two single pole switches to operate light fixtures on the left side of the basement.

Second step was to run a wire from the last receptacle from the second circuit to two single pole switches to operate the light fixtures on the right side of the basement.

Total of 4 single pole switches to operate each light fixture individually. I was hoping to use the 1st circuit to operate the light fixtures and the second circuit to operate the receptacles.

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