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Old 03-28-2010, 11:20 AM   #1
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Installing recessed/question with switch/power


Having a brain freeze, if someone could take a moment to explain this to me, it would be greatly appriciated. I am wiring four recessed lights in a bedroom, off one switch. I am going to grab power off an outlet. Does the power have to go into the switch box first and then out to the first light? and then on to the others? Can I get power from an outlet and then wire each of the lights and bring the last one to the switch box? I dont want the switch to control the outlet, just the recesed and I am trying to determine where I can get the power from and if it has to go into the switchbox? I am drawing a blank.
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Old 03-28-2010, 12:34 PM   #2
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You can run it either way you described:
1) run power from the outlet to the switch then to the lights
2) run power from the outlet to the lights then to the switch.

Number 1 is the most straightforward. Number 2 isn't difficult, but would require some 14/3 cable, instead of just 14/2 if you were to do number 1.
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Agreed that is the way I am going to do it, number one, so if I do it that way, the switch won't kill the pwer to the outlets? Another question, is there a way I can temporarily test it with a plug and extension cord? Someone else is connecting the new circuit s to the panel and I want to try the switch and make sure everything is working properly before I have them come over.I have test the actually lights already, byt temporarily wiring them to an old plug, but want to put the extention cord in the equation too.
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