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Old 12-27-2010, 10:00 PM   #1
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Wiring question - two lights with one switch...


I recently moved into a house that has two exterior lights on the front that don't work. (yes I checked the bulbs!)

Luckily I have some limited access to the ceiling and can track some of the wires. From what I can see, there is power entering the switch box, and a 14/2 cable going from the switch box to each light. I am puzzled because from what I have read, I thought that there should be a14/2 between the lights and a 14/2 from the switch to one light only.

In the switch box, the black power is connected to one side of the switch, and the two blacks (from each light) are maretted and attached to the other side of the switch. All three whites are tied together.

The only other option I can think of is that it might be the fixture itself but it's cold herd and I don't want to be outside!

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Old 12-28-2010, 01:34 AM   #2
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well this sounds wired propery. checked the breakers? check for voltage at switch. If good at switch then problem is at lights. begin looking for bad connections.

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Bad switch?

If both lights quit, then look either at the switch itself, or the power supply going to it.
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Power to the switch and from there separate cables to each light ...
Is just as good as ...
Power to the switch, then one cable to one light where there is a cable to the other light.

Except in the first case the box where the switch is and everything comes together will be more crowded and in most cases the box would have to be larger compared with the second case.
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