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Old 03-06-2016, 01:00 PM   #1
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wire receptacles off a switched circuit


I have 2 switches that control overhead lights in my garage. I have 2 receptacles wired to the wire between one of the switches and one of the lights. I would like to rewire the receptacles to only be hot when the lights are switched on. Hopefully my sketch is helpful to show existing conditions.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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You appear to have a switch loop. You need to replace the cable between the lights and receptacles with three wires. Only the wire from the last receptacle to the switch can remain a two wire.
What does the second switch control? It can't be a three way switch setup with only two wire cables.

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Thanks Joe. The other switch also turns the lights on and off.
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Let me ask this, if you turn the lights on at one switch, do you have to turn it off at that switch, or can you simply flip the other switch to turn the lighs off ?
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Either switch will turn on/off the lights.

Wondering if the easiest move is to splice off the 2 wires at one of the lights and run that into each of the receptacles.
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Either switch will turn on/off the lights.

Wondering if the easiest move is to splice off the 2 wires at one of the lights and run that into each of the receptacles.

I think the easiest way to wire that scenario is to feed power to a switch first, then to the second switch and then your lights and receptacles in any order. It will use more wire but simplify the wiring
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For sure if you tap the power at either of the lights you can make it work.
What type of switches do have that can function as a three way with only two wires to them?

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