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Old 09-07-2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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Is this a valid way to wire a light?


In our basement room there is 1 light with 1 switch. This switch only operates the one light and nothing else (that I can see anyways).

I haven't seen this wiring before, doesn't seem right but the light works fine. I am trying to figure it out because I want to take out some drop ceiling and wire 2 lights as opposed to just the one.



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Is this a valid way to wire a light?


The two top cables in your diagram are power in and power out. The bottom cable is wired in a switch loop. The white takes power down to the switch. The black is the switched hot back to the fixture.

The white should be re-identified as a hot.

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Old 09-07-2013, 11:36 AM   #3
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Is this a valid way to wire a light?


that is acceptable
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Is this a valid way to wire a light?


That is a switch loop. It was valid for years.
Under current code requiring a neutral at the switch that is not a valid way.
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