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Old 10-13-2012, 10:20 PM   #1
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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.



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Old 10-14-2012, 07:33 AM   #2
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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
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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
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?
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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?
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"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.
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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.
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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?
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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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