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Old 11-06-2009, 06:18 PM   #1
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adding 2 lights to a switch that powers a light already


ok here is my problem i have a switch that powers the main light in my bathroom but i need to add two sconces(lights) that are controlled by the same switch that controls the main light. know that I can go straight from the main light in the ceiling to the other two lights but the thing is that I have to bust up the ceiling and drill through joists...I kind of want to avoid this if possible.

What I want to do is
run a line straight from the switch to the two sconces..and I need to know how to do this or if it is possible?

So basically the line would run like this

power-->switch-->Main light
`>light1->light2

I also have non grounded wiring with white and black and I'm going to use 14/2 for this. Is 14/2 ok to use with this?

Thanks,

Steve

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Old 11-06-2009, 06:45 PM   #2
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2 quick questions before anyone can help you.

When you say non-grounded do you mean there is no bare wire in the romex??????

Also, check which circuit breaker feeds this bathroom. If it is a 15 amp, your 14-2 is ok. If it's a 20 amp, you need to ensure you have 12 gauge wire running to the bathroom and you need to use 12-2.


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Old 11-06-2009, 07:09 PM   #3
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In the switch box.
Connect all the whites together.
Connect the power black to one of the switch screws.
Connect the ohter two black together witha short black pigtail.
Connect the pigtail to the other switch screw.

At the lights
Connect all the black together and all the whites together.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:39 PM   #4
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I have romex in the house. OK i will definitely check the breaker..I was unsure about the gage to use..thanks for clarifying that.

Ok Joed I'll hook that up.

Thanks so much.

i knew there was pigtails involved but i wasn't sure if it was correct.

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Good luck and be careful.
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What I want to do is run a line straight from the switch to the two sconces


If there are more than two wires in the switch box, yes. If there are only 2 wires in the switch box, no.

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