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dan5.5 10-13-2012 09:20 PM

Wall switch with many wires
 
Hello All!

I am adding some recessed lights to my home office and the light switch is a mess (to many wires running in and out. I am looking for some help. I disassembled everything and cant get it back together.

The set up is as follows:

1) There is one "hot" cable with a black / white / ground cable.

there are four cables feeding from this switch.
1) One cable is feeding the existing over head light. black / white / ground
2) Second cable is feeding one outlet below, not controlled by the switch. black / white / ground.
3) Cable feeding both an outlet and separate closet light (with separate switch, its a single pole). black / red / white / ground.
4) I added a new run to the recessed lights over head. black / white / ground.

How do I connect everything so i have this setup.

Two switches at the main location, one controlling the recessed lights and one controlling the overhead lights and everything else working independently.



Thanks You!

hammerlane 10-14-2012 06:33 AM

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see if this helps any...you are going to have to use pigtails from the incoming hot wire to feed both switches---the pigtails are shown with pink markings in the diagram

NOTE: I did not show ground wires for ease of drawing

dan5.5 10-14-2012 10:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hammerlane (Post 1030418)
see if this helps any...you are going to have to use pigtails from the incoming hot wire to feed both switches---the pigtails are shown with pink markings in the diagram

NOTE: I did not show ground wires for ease of drawing

Thanks! What do I do with red wire? Just cap it?

Also my switches are dimmers and they have only one of each connection. So I assume I would connect the pig tail to the black lead on the switch and the other black going to the lamp to the white on the dimmer?

hammerlane 10-14-2012 04:12 PM

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Originally Posted by dan5.5 (Post 1030520)
Thanks! What do I do with red wire? Just cap it?

Didnt see the note about a red wire being part of one of the cables. What is this red wire connected to at its other end?

Oso954 10-14-2012 04:36 PM

"3) Cable feeding both an outlet and separate closet light (with separate switch, its a single pole). black / red / white / ground."

S/B either the switch or outlet, but I would want to confirm it before connecting it.

Jim Port 10-14-2012 06:26 PM

The red may be a switch controlled hot while the black is a constant hot.

You should not have a white on the dimmer. A switch only breaks the hot.

imautoparts 10-14-2012 06:49 PM

Jim,

I'm watching this thread as I have a couple of similar switch arrangements.

What does the little purple bit in the two blacks going to the switches stand for in your diagram?

hammerlane 10-14-2012 08:06 PM

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Originally Posted by imautoparts (Post 1030747)
What does the little purple bit in the two blacks going to the switches stand for in your diagram?

I marked the two blacks with the pink/purple just to depict those are what I refer to as pigtails. I do state that in the #2 post.


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