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Old 11-10-2014, 10:17 AM   #1
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Light Switch wiring

I am trying to wire led lights that are under my bed to a switch in the wall like a light switch. The only part to this, is that I want to have the led lights turn on, when I turn the light switch to the ceiling lights off (acting as sort of a night light). Is there any way possible to do this? Thought the idea sounds cool but I dont know what I would need to make it work. Thank you in advanve for your help.


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Use a 3-way switch. It's always on in one direction. The hot wire will go on the common terminal.


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Old 11-10-2014, 10:41 AM   #3
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You need to add a receptacle to the wall to plug the LED lights into, that receptacle is then controlled by a single pole, double throw, center off switch with switch function being maintained. You would simply replace the existing switch and run the appropriate new wire with a code compliant method from receptacle to new switch. This doesn't mean laying a cord across the floor ...
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Three way switch will work. In one position the ceiling light will be on. In the other position the bed lights will be on.
If you want them both to be off then you will need a second switch or one like Stubbie describes with a center off.
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You could put a stack-switch: single pole/3-way for the second "all-off" position. Or just 2 single poles.
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Old 11-10-2014, 03:48 PM   #6
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The effect sounds cool though.
Not necessarily for a bedroom. I need darkness.


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