Exterior fan/light box to flood lights
We bought a new house last year that was pre-wired for a fan/light under the back porch. The box has the four basic wires coming from it (black, white, copper, and red) that you would expect with a fan/light box seeing that you need to power two items. There are two switches by the back door that are designed to turn on/off the fan and light independently.
We also invested in a large back yard and feel that these switches could be put to greater use if we re-routed the power to switch on a couple of flood lights. The flood lights would each use the 14-2 wire with a black, white, and copper.
I know that the black is the hot, the white is the nuetral, and the copper is my ground. But I need to make sure I wire this up right. I know that the three copper wires should be connected with a wire nut. Unfortunately, that's all i have any confidence about.
Is the red wire a second hot wire or a second nuetral wire?
I figure there are two possiblities:
1) The red wire is hot, so the black from the house goes to the black on light #1, the red from the house goes to the black from light #2, and the three nuetral whites get nutted together.
2) The red wire is nuetral, so the three hot black wires get the nut, sending power from one hot to both lights, the white from light #1 goes to white from the house, and the white from light #2 goes to (nuetral) red.
Which is it?
I'm nervous to proceed without being sure.
Thank you for your help.
Red Rock, AZ