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Old 01-07-2011, 09:41 PM   #1
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In my finished basement, one switch controls all of the lights. There is the general basement area, and then there is a bedroom. I'd like to install a switch in the bedroom to control those lights separately, but I don't know how I would do that. Any ideas?

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Where are you located. How much access do we have to the wiring? How familiar are you with circuitry? Romex? Then all we need to do is install a old work box and fish some wire.

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I'm located in Virginia. As for access to wiring, everything is behind drywall, ceiling included. I'm only slightly familiar with circuitry. I've replaced outlets and switches before, but never wired something new like this. I've heard the word Romex, but I'm not really sure what it is. I do have some 14/2 wire for the job though.
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If this is a 15a circuit then14-2 is ok. for got to ask what kind of lights, can we access the wiring boxes by taking down the bulbs? If they are can lights this can be done but is more difficult.

Now power will run from light to light to light to bedroom light to bedroom light. what we need to do is figure out which light in the bed room is the first in line. From this first light we will need to run a switch leg, after making the switch hot and disconnect it from the main room lighting.

So a ideal situation would be if the light was in between to joists(we can remove the light box to see inside drywall) and when those two joists run in to the wall we could cut in a switch, and on that wall would be a plug we could get power from.

If this can be done we'll help you with methods.
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These are not can lights. As for what light is first in line, here's the deal. The circuit panel is in this room. I think it goes from the circuit panel to the first light in the room. Will that create any problems?
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So the panel is in the bedroom. This might require drywall patching. some photos perhaps?
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a picture is worth a thousand words. Take a couple pictures and maybe draw a diagram of how you think the wires are ran

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