Sharing The Same Source To Independently Power 2 Separate Lights??

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  1. tsingerjr

    tsingerjr New Member

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    I'm attempting to connect my outside porch light and interior room lights on the same circuit. The interior room light is has a 3 way switch at one and and a dimmer switch at the other end. I connected everything up and when I flip the room light switch off, it wont allow me to turn the porch light on. I attached a drawing of the setup.

    Is their anyway that I can use the same source (Circuit) to power both lights, but have them work independently?

    thanks,
    Tommy
     

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  2. wwhitney

    wwhitney Well-Known Member

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    Your diagram is off, where you have 5 black wires connected together, one of the wires from the single pole switch should instead go directly to your porch light.

    If you wire it up as per the corrected diagram, it will work. Given the problem you are having, you've wired it up differently. Presumably the feed to the single pole switch is coming from one of the travelers, rather than from a hot wire.

    Cheers, Wayne
     
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  4. tsingerjr

    tsingerjr New Member

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    Hey Wayne, thanks. Actually, my drawing is off. I have 3 black wired together and the one black on the top of the single switch terminal goes directly to the light. I attached an updated pic.
     

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  5. fitter30

    fitter30 Well-Known Member

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    Have to find steady hot and neutral just like diagram. Is there a receptical below the switch by chance.
     
  6. wwhitney

    wwhitney Well-Known Member

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    There should not be a red line going from the switch at the top of the page to the light.

    Cheers, Wayne
     
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    Thanks! I was actually able to pull a hot off that receptacle and that did the trick!
     
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