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Old 02-22-2011, 06:08 PM   #1
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how can I wire 3 pot lights on a circuit when the power source is coming from a recepatacle. the pots come before the switch


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Old 02-22-2011, 06:18 PM   #2
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I don't think you can



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Old 02-22-2011, 06:30 PM   #3
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A common problem with pot lights is that the connection boxes for the wires are quite small. Perhaps too small to support 3 wire cable going between them.

So you need to run the power using a 2 wire cable to the switch first. If the best route would go through the lights, the cable to the switch can run unbroken past the outside of the lights.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:32 PM   #4
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You would run a 2 wire + ground cable from the receptacle to the light. From the light you would run a 3 wire + ground between the lights and then to the switch. The blacks will splice thru. The reds will splice to the fixture blacks. All white together. All grounds together. The black and white will splice to the same colors at the receptacle. Also the grounds.
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