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Hello - I was wondering if someone out there would be able to advise on the correct connections I need to make in order for the three lights in the attached diagram to operate independently via the three switches also depicted in the diagram. A 14/2 wire from a 15 amp breaker is feeding power to the first junction box from the panel. I greatly appreciate any help you can provide.
 

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Why do you beleive that you need a junction box in the circuit? That is not needed at all. Use the switch boxes. From there is a simple parallel circuit with a single pole switch.
 

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Long story short, it's the way the electrician set this up, but he wired the two exterior lights together. I realize this is not ideal, but I'd like to retain this set up so I don't have to re-run the wiring. The lights are all fairly far apart.
 

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Long story short, it's the way the electrician set this up, but he wired the two exterior lights together. I realize this is not ideal, but I'd like to retain this set up so I don't have to re-run the wiring. The lights are all fairly far apart.
If you ever finish the space you will be removing the junction boxes or leaving them exposed in a finished room.
 

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The junction boxes are located in the attic, so this is not an issue.
then it would look like this with power going to the switches on the white wires and and all the rest of the whites tied together.
 

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Thank you so much!

One quick question - I notice that your diagram connects the white wire from the attic light switch to the white wire from exterior light 1, and the white wire from the exterior light 1 switch to the white wire from the attic light. Just want to make sure that's correct.

Also, when you say all the rest of the whites are tied together, all of the whites seem to be connected in your diagram. Can you clarify what you mean? Thank you again!
 

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Thank you so much!

One quick question - I notice that your diagram connects the white wire from the attic light switch to the white wire from exterior light 1, and the white wire from the exterior light 1 switch to the white wire from the attic light. Just want to make sure that's correct.

Also, when you say all the rest of the whites are tied together, all of the whites seem to be connected in your diagram. Can you clarify what you mean? Thank you again!

All three lights need a neutral attached to the neutral from the power source.
The whites going to the switches connect to power to take power to the switches and those white wires should be marked with a wrap of black tape to indicate that they are power not neutral.



With your drawing each switch should have a black and white with power on the white and black back to the light.
 

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You will always have to remember that conductors in the junction boxes will always be hot. Where if you got rid of them you could safely work on the light fixtures without any worry as long the switch for that fixture if off. Mark the fixtures and the junction box for future warning.
 

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Okay, thanks. Can you check this diagram to see if everything looks okay? I really appreciate your help!
Yes that looks good. :wink2:put black tape or black marker on both ends of the whites going to the switches.
 
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