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wiring two lights with switch at end of run.

How to wire two lights with power on one end and the switch at the other end(lights in middle).A picture would help.

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The "best" way is to run 14/3 or 12/3 cable. Black is "always hot" and red is "switched hot". Connect the incoming power feed black to black on your new cable. At the switch, attach black to one terminal and red to the other switch terminal. Connect the lights to red.


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How to wire two lights with power on one end and the switch at the other end(lights in middle). A picture would help.

Thank you for any help.
(lights in middle) This is a bit ambiguous.
  • Are you wanting to control the lights from two different locations?
  • Do you want power to enter one of the lights, continue to other light and, then, go to a single-pole switch?
  • Power to enter one single-pole switch, and, then, go to lights?
Installation is the Reverse of Removal.
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Just because you think the lights are physically in between the switch and feed does not mean that is the best or easiest way to wire them. Either bring the feed to the switch, or bring the feed to one light and drop a switch loop to the switch and another leg to the other light.
You can do it with a 3-wire between the lights but why make it more complicated than it needs to be just because of the physical layout.
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