wiring path for lights

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by samlin7, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. samlin7

    samlin7 New Member

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    Can someone confirm if this is correct sequence of wiring

    14/2 cable (power source) into light fixture 1

    14/3 From light fixture to a 4 gang switch box

    In that switch box will be a switch to light fixture 1

    There will be 3 other switches in that switch box - a 14/2 going to light fixture 2 and a 14/2 going to light fixture 3 and a 14/2 going to an outdoor receptacle for holiday lights.

    Is that the correct wiring sequence?
  2. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

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    That sequence can be wired to work as you wish.
  3. jbfan74

    jbfan74 Electrical Contractor

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    If it was me wiring it, I would go to the switch box first, pigtall the hot the the 4 switches, then run the 14/2 to each light fixture.

    It will work the way you have it listed also.
  4. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

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    Me too, but for some reason I thought the 1st light outlet was already wired.
  5. samlin7

    samlin7 New Member

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    yeah i guess i can do that, actually that was my original thought, but i was trying to be creative with less cables going into the switch box. Your way would have had

    (1) 14/2 From power to a 4 gang switch box

    In that switch box will be a switch to light fixture (2) 14/2

    There will be 3 other switches in that switch box - a (3) - 14/2 going to light fixture 2 and a (4)14/2 going to light fixture 3 and a (5)14/2 going to an outdoor receptacle for holiday lights.

    5 total 14/2 to that box

    My original request would have had 3 14/2 and 1 14/3 into that switch box

    3 total of 14/2 and 1 total 14/3 in that box
  6. Mikey

    Mikey Aspiring Old Fart, EE, computer & networking geek

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    Electrically, the two methods are identical. Aesthetically, most electricians would prefer that the supply cable come into the switch box. I don't know if the Code has anything to say about it.
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