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Old 12-27-2016, 01:00 PM   #1
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Kitchen over-the-sink light


Our kitchen had a florescent fixture over the sink (had). We have replaced it with a fixture with 4 "globe" bulbs. Problem is the octagon box the the florescent was on is not centered.
So I'm wanting to replace the fixture with 2 to 4 hanging pendants. If I choose 4 pendants is there a controlling switch that will allow me to choose 2 bulbs or all 4 so I don't have to do major rewiring?

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Old 12-27-2016, 01:07 PM   #2
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Since the drywall over the kitchen sink is seldom textured, my first thought would be to center the box.

With your proposal, it might depend more on the fixture than the switch.
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Old 12-27-2016, 01:26 PM   #3
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The kitchen has a Cathedral ceiling and the fixture is against the outer wall. To move the box would require tearing out and repatching a 2' by 3' drywall section. Not impossible but a PITA. Also I have to get all this past the she-who-must-be-obeyed. To facilitate that I need all the bits and pieces selected and laid out before hand.
I was envisioning 4 pendants on a sub frame (spanning three ceiling joists) but controlled from one switch. Switch postions would be Off, far light, center lights, all lights. Maybe I'm day- dreaming?

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Why not use a dimmer instead of the 2vs4 bulbs?
4bulbs at 50% is the same light level as two bulbs.
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Ah, I forget about you guys who have to have someone else approve the plan

As I said, I think the fixture is going to be important, as the switch can't do anything special if there's just one switched wire going to the fixture in the first place. In other words, your fixture has to have different wires controlling the lights. That said, I could see four independent fixtures, two on one switch and two on another happening very easily, so it's possible you could find a three position switch to make that work.
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do you have any pictures???
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The thing that sparked this question was a Web page that listed rotary switches for 110/120 vac (haven't seen _those in a coon's age and a half!, maybe more).
With one input feeding multiple outputs that might be an answer.
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i wouldnt hang pendants in front of that window.. it would look wierd. you have a nice fixture on the left... just install another same exact one on the right.. pop a hole in that drywall, run a 2ft piece of romex over there and wire it in... then replace the switch that turns it on with a dimmer, now youll have lighting from both sides, 8 bulbs, and control of how bright it is!

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