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Wiring 4 lights with one swich

I am installing 4 outside lights (100 watts ea.) at various locations on my garage controlled by one switch on a 15 amp dedicated circuit using 14/2 wire. My question is this: Can I run a separate length of wire to each light, and end each at a central junction box (4 wires in the box) where a 5th will run out to a single pole switch? I know there is anothe way to wire in series parallel, but is this an acceptable alternative method?

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  • Evergreen75 Sep 10, 2009

    These are lights hanging on the garage, not buried in the ground (each light has it's own junction box recessed into the wall of the garage). And what I meant by a separate length of wire to each light was a separate length of 14/2 with 1 blk, 1 wht, and 1 gnd wire in each length. (I'm trying to avoid undoing some previous wiring done for 2 lights after 2 more lights were added in the middle of the project.) All four lengths of 14/2 would end at a centrally located junction box where I plan to connect the wires with a wire nut to each other (blk/blk, wht/wht, grnd/grnd). Then taking a 5th length of 14/2 wire out from this juntion box back to a single pole switch. So, my question still stands: Is this an acceptable alternative wiring method?

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According to the National Electric Code, No. Each light needs to have a ground connected. also since their outside they need to be placed in a conduit barried at a certain depth. Now if you never sell your house or are concern about NEC codes, then what you are proposing will work.

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  • Greg Mills Sep 10, 2009

    What you are essentially describing is wiring all these lights in parallel. Which is completely acceptable. I was under the assumption these lights were going to be outside in the ground. My apologize. But yes your idea for wiring will work just fine.



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