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Old 01-31-2010, 07:57 AM   #1
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I need help wiring a couple switches


I am finishing a portion of my basement, and an electrician I am not. However, most of the wiring is done, so I decided to tackle it myself. Here's my situation.

The main length of the basement has four lights wired to the same switch. I want to separate one of the lights and put it on a separate switch.

I thought I understood how to do it, but since I added the new switch, you have to have both the new switch and and the old switch on, and even then all four lights turn on instead of the 3 and 1 separately.

The power to the switch is coming out of a three-way switch that is on the other side of the wall for my stairwell. From the three-way are the fixture and the other switch, as well as a switch and fixture upstairs (in addition to the switch controlling the four lights). I have included a diagram - please excuse my artistry! The switch in bold is what I want to add.

So how would I wire the extra switch to control the single light?
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:42 AM   #2
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A pic of the wiring in the swicth box & the 1st light would help

What you have done is put the switch on the hot leg
The new light needs hot/neutral/ground & the new switch loop
The other lights need to be disconnected from the new switch, insteaf simply wire nut the old switch loop to bypass the 1st light



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In the box with the two switches.
Connect all the whites together.
Connect the power in black to two short black pigtails.
Connect one pigtail to each switch.
Connect the remaining two blacks from the two light runs, one to each switch.
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Got it. I figured it was a simple fix. Thanks for the help.
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