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Old 05-07-2009, 07:14 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. I am remodeling my basement, there are two light fixtures in the ceiling controlled by one switch. How do I separate the lights and add a new switch to control them seperately?
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It depends on how they are currently wired. Tell how the wires run at each light and the switch. Tell us where the poewr comes in.

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Thanks for the reply joed. The best I can tell, the wires come from the switch to the first light, then there are wire nuts connecting the wires to the next ligh fixture. I cant tell for sure if the wires to the switch are dedicated to that switch, or come from another outlet/switch? (if thats even possible?) I would like to add a switch for the second light, but I'm not sure how to do that.
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[Assuming], There is a junction box on the ceiling? In that box there are Two Black wires (for each light fixture) connected to the return [wire] of the switch. Separate one wire and connect it to the return wire of the new switch. Or, you can eliminate the original (2 wire) switch cable (Romex or AC/BX) and run a 3 wire cable instead!!!
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Thanks for the reply joed. The best I can tell, the wires come from the switch to the first light, then there are wire nuts connecting the wires to the next ligh fixture. I cant tell for sure if the wires to the switch are dedicated to that switch, or come from another outlet/switch? (if thats even possible?) I would like to add a switch for the second light, but I'm not sure how to do that.
Where do you want the swtich for the second light? In the same box as the first switch or at a second location?
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