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Old 02-04-2013, 10:23 PM   #16
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Outside lights are dim all the time.


If you are wired the way your diagram shows the lights should function properly. I suspect your power is entering a light fixture box first and them goes to the switch ...

So where does incoming power enter you lighting circuit ? At a light fixture box or at the switch

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Power comes in through the switch. At first in the first light I had the white of the light to the white of the switch and the black of the light to the white of the second light with the black power and the black of the second light together and the light worked properly but they were dim so I hooked it up like the pic shows and now the first one won't turn off
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Outside lights are dim all the time.


You stated you wired your entire house ...


I have no idea what you mean by white of the light to white of the switch.

What wires are connected to your switch now?
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:11 PM   #19
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The switch has been wired like in the picture I posted earlier the whole time. I just don't understand what would cause one light to stay on and the other to work properly.
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The switch has been wired like in the picture I posted earlier the whole time. I just don't understand what would cause one light to stay on and the other to work properly.
Only way we can help you at this point is to post pictures of all your wiring in the boxes so we can see clearly the connections.
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Power comes in through the switch. At first in the first light I had the white of the light to the white coming from the switch box and the black of the light to the white of the second light with the black power and the black of the second light together and the light worked properly but they were dim so
This is the one with two or more lights connected in series which is a no-no in household wiring.

Hint to avoid accidentally connecting lights in series: Match the wires colors. Normally you connect white to white only and connect black to black only. One allowable exception; white may go from a switch terminal to the always hot black wire or group of black wires if no other wire is available. (Colors other than green or white can be freely interconnected.)

The diagram that you posted (@12:01 AM 2/5/13) is correct.

Does the switch have a toggle that lights up (for nighttime convenience) when the switch is off? That will cause current to (intentionally) bleed through but can (unintentionally) cause a light to come on although usually much more dimly.
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The first with the lights is the switch on the second the switch is off.
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Outside lights are dim all the time.


The switch box has two neutrals tied together. Is one missing or is the other switch on a different circuit?
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Outside lights are dim all the time.


There is only one switch that runs the lights. So those white wires in the switch box are the switch and power.
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Outside lights are dim all the time.


I figured out why the first light is staying on. From the switch I have 2 switch wires one going to each light. And the power comes into the first light. Anyone know how I can fix this
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This is how it's wired and its in wet cellulose insulation so any suggestions.
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Outside lights are dim all the time.


Is it cold where you are? Fluorescent bulbs do not work as well in the cold. They take a lot longer to reach full brightness.
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Outside lights are dim all the time.


No way to do it without another wire from the first light to the switch!
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Thanks to all that replied I fixed the problem they work fine now.
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Thanks to all that replied I fixed the problem they work fine now.
Do you mind telling us how you fixed it?

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