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Old 05-04-2013, 06:08 PM   #1
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Recessed Lighting: Trouble Routing To Switch!


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I am new to the DIY Chat Room, but have been a longtime reader before joining. My project consist of upgrading our basement and installing new lighting, new wiring and routing to a switch. In the room I am currently working on, there was 4 fluorescent shop lights spread over one large room of 12x24. I have built a wall in the center of this room to divide into two smaller rooms and have removed the 4 fluorescent lights.

I have added new 12/2 wire and upgraded to 8 recessed lights, but I would like to route the lights to one single pole switch, over two junction boxes. The switch is wired using 2 hots, Black and White for continuous and switched, but I am not sure what is the safest way of grouping the lights together and running to the switch. I have prepared a diagram for you to visualize what I am attempting to accomplish and hopefully this makes sense. I appreciate your comments and advice in advance.
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Do it like this:
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Your way would functionally work but then no neutral would be at the switch location. If you never intend to add a motion sensor or a timer to replace the single pole switch oh well.

As a note you sure you would want all 8 lites on at any one time. Would Two switches be better??
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The original drawing will only work if the cable listed as feed between the two junction boxes is a 12/3.
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You do not need the additional junction boxes between the lights. Just go from switch to light to light to light.
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You do not need the additional junction boxes between the lights. Just go from switch to light to light to light.
Yea, you're complicating that. Just run the power to the switch and then run the lines from light to light in a circle or whatever method uses the least material.

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