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Good morning all. I need to run 3 outlets in the top of my barn and have them wired to a switch for my lights. What’s the best way to wire them. I should prob do half hot for the reason I’m going to install garage door openers but would like the lights controlled by the switch. Thanks. If you have a diagram that would be great. Also if it matters my light switch is the last thing because the last outlet would be the one going back to the panel box
 

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Run a 3 wire cable between all the receptacles and the last receptacle and the switch.
Cut the tab between the gold screws on all the receptacles you want half switched.
At all the receptacles connect the whites to the silver screws. Connect the red and black to the gold screws using pigtails.
At the switch connect the red and black to the switch and cap the white.
 

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Run a 3 wire cable between all the receptacles and the last receptacle and the switch.
Cut the tab between the gold screws on all the receptacles you want half switched.
At all the receptacles connect the whites to the silver screws. Connect the red and black to the gold screws using pigtails.
At the switch connect the red and black to the switch and cap the white.
Thanks. That’s what I thought but was just checking. And then from last receptical I can run 14-2 to the breaker box.
 

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And then from last receptical I can run 14-2 to the breaker box.
Just FYI, you run 14-2 from the breaker box to the first receptacle. The last receptacle is at the extreme end of the circuit.

I’d run the lights on one circuit and put in a second circuit for the GDO. If you are in the USA, you most likely need to install an accessible GFCI (one you can reach from the floor without a ladder) and then run off the load Terminals up to a receptacle where you plug in the GDO.

Separation of lights and receptacles prevents a breaker trip or GFCI trip from taking both the lights and GDO out.

It Also doesn’t require xx-3 wire. A 50 ft roll of 14-3 is about $35. You can buy a 250 ft roll of 14-2 for about $39.
 
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