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Two ceiling lights being fed from outlet back to single pole

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two ceiling lights being fed from outlet back to single pole switch diagram
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 11 months ago.

You would have to switch off of the neutral. This is against code and would make the lights a constant hot. But here ya go.

Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 11 months ago.

to do it correctly you would feed the switch with the hot and then feed the lights from the switch.

Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 11 months ago.

but if you want to feed the lights first (you asked) you have to break the circuit with the neutral...this will cause arcing and will wear on anything you use to switch faster.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
this is how they were fed originally off rec just remodeling room and water to add another light
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
can't seem to get wires hooked right
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
damn
Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 11 months ago.

Dont worry I am here to help.

Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 11 months ago.

I think this would be best handled over the phone, would you accept a small charge 5$ to continue this via phone?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
also running line to dryer 220 though 10 gauge moving dryer don't want to by a fifty ft roll could i junction an finish with 12 gauge
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
no on the phone already screwed
Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 11 months ago.

No this is against code. You will need 10 gauge if you don't want to risk fire.

Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 11 months ago.

this is the way the lights should go, hope it helps :)

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I NOW FED THE SWITCH FROM REC. BLACKS ON SWITCH. WHITES WIRE NUTTED IN SWITCH BOX. BLACK TO BLACK WHITE TO WHITE ON TWO LIGHTS. ONLY ONE LIGHTS. WTF!!! CHECKED CONNECTIONS ALL OK
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
ARE YOU THERE????????
Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 11 months ago.

Nice

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
THAT WAS WHAT I SAID
Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 11 months ago.

Kind of like the last drawing i sent..

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I AM LOOKING AT IT UPSIDE DOWN
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
WHY WOULDNT SECOND LIGHT COME ON
Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 11 months ago.

whoa, how did that happen (pic upside down)

Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 11 months ago.

i would double check connections at the second light, sounds like a fixture wire is loose.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I HOOKED POWER TO REC TOP SCREWS. FED SWICH OFF BOTTOM SCREWS ON REC. RAN LINE TO SWICH.BLACKS ON SWITCH SCREWS. NUTTED WHITES. RAN LINE, BLACK AND WT ON LIGHTS. ONLY ONE CAME ON
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
CHECKED ALL
Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 11 months ago.

bulbs?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
SECOND BULB BLEW ALL OK NOW
Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 11 months ago.

awesome, I hope i was helpful. :)

Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 11 months ago.

Im glad its all working!

Expert:  Wayne Roberts replied 11 months ago.

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