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Old 07-08-2008, 06:09 PM   #1
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multiple fixtures wired on a switch loop


I would like to wire multiple light fixtures on a switch loop. I understand wiring one fixture, but I am confused when I consider additional fixtures. There doesn't seem to be enough wires coming from the first fixture. I am using 2-wire cable. Do I need a length of 3-wire cable also? I have not attempted to wire this yet. I have only drawn my own diagrams, and can't figure it out. Is this even possible?

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Old 07-08-2008, 07:30 PM   #2
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Is this a 3-way switch system?
Regardless, you simply daisy-chain the light fixtures using 2 wire (plus ground of course) between the fixtures.

You need 3 wire cable between 3-way switches though.

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I would like to wire multiple light fixtures on a switch loop. I understand wiring one fixture, but I am confused when I consider additional fixtures. There doesn't seem to be enough wires coming from the first fixture. I am using 2-wire cable. Do I need a length of 3-wire cable also? I have not attempted to wire this yet. I have only drawn my own diagrams, and can't figure it out. Is this even possible?

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If the feed is at one end of the lights and the switch leg is on the other end, than yes you need a 3 wire between the fixtures.
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You need three wire cable. It looks like this when wired.

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Heres a few examples...

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Sorry about my ignorance. I was assuming the feed was from the switch. I should never have assumed this, since I have seen it the other way many times.

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Sorry about my ignorance. I was assuming the feed was from the switch.

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The OP said he was using a switch loop.
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Thanks to everyone for your help.

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