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Old 02-28-2010, 07:15 PM   #1
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Add 2 ceramic fixtures to existing switch


Here's the situation:
Ceramic fixture at the top of the basement stairs with a switch down below it. Ceramic fixture with pull chain switch at the bottom of the stairs. Ceramic fixture with pull chain switch further out in basement. All are on the same circuit.

I would like to add the 2 other ceramic fixtures with pull chains to be switched on and off with the light at the top of the stairs.

I've spent hours trying to do this, resulting in blowing the breaker.

How do I wire this correctly? The basement ceiling is presently open, so additional wiring is easy.

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How do the cables currently run between these fixtures and the switch?

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I know they're on the same circuit because the same breaker turns them off and on. I don't know how they're connected to the same circuit. Since I don't see any wires going between them, I'm thinking that they're joined to the same circuit at the panel.

I disconnected the work that I did. I tried a number of combinations, one being a 3 wire cable from the existing switch to the fixture at the bottom of the stairs, then a 3 wire cable from the fixture at the bottom of the stairs to the 3rd fixture.

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How many cables/wires in the switch box?
A 14/2 cable from the existing switched fixture to the two pull chain fixtures will definitely work. But from the switch might work as well depending how it is wired.
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Run 14-2 cable from the light at the top of the stairs to one of the other fixtures. Then run a cable from that second fixture to the third fixture. Remove, tape the ends individually, and curl up the original wires to the second and third fixtures. Connect the new wires to the fixtures, black to black (bottom center socket contact) and white to white (socket shell).

Wiring the second and third fixtures to the switch box instead of the first (top of stairs) light is straightforward except we have to broach a brand new topic, box fill (number of wires entering the box versus box size).
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