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Old 03-23-2010, 12:28 PM   #1
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Extend a circuit/draw power from light


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I have 2 basement stair lights that are controlled by 2 - 3 way switches. Light 1 light is inaccessible (drywall ceiling). Light 2 is in the basement and fully accessible. I can see the 14/2 wire coming from Light 1 down the wall to Light 2. There is also another 14/2 wire extending from Light 2 and going up into the upper floors. I suspect to power the upstairs hallway.
Question: I would like to add 2 more lights in the basement to the circuit after Light 2. I do not understand how the upstairs hall lights are drawing power from Light 2 and how do I ensure continuation of power?

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Are the new lights to be an extension of the existing ones or are they to be controlled by a new switch?

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I would like to control them from the existing 3 way switches.
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When you want to add more lights and have them controlled by an existing switch along with existing lights, you can run a cable from one of the existing lights to feed the new light(s).

In the existing light's junction box above it you will find a black wire and a white wire connected to the light. The new cable's black wire is connected in with the existing black wires and the new cable's white wire is connected in with the existing white wires. (Also connect the ground wire in with the existing ground wires.)

It is usually better to run one cable from light #2 to light #3 and then a cable from light #3 to light #4, so as not to have too many cables converging on light #2 making the box too crowded.
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