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I am installing 2 separate lights on the overhead section of my granddaughters wall unit. On the side of the wall unit I am going to install a wall switch to turn on/off the overhead lights. My questions are 1a . For the wall switch, I believe I cut the BLACK wire and attach the 2 ends to the lite switch, & NOT cut the WHITE wire,which will continue onto the 1 st lite.. 1b. Do I cut the bare copper GROUND wire & attach the 2 ends to the lite switch OR not cut it and run it straight to the 1st lite? 2. How do I wire the 2 separate lights? I'm using Romex type NB-2, 14/2 w/ground. rated 600 Volts indoor wire. Also Wiremold NMW2-S lite switch, and a heavy duty 3 prong plug recommended by an electrical supply company for this type of wire. The wiring will be covered with Wiremold NMW1Channel conduit (plastic). Your specific help in wiring will be greatly appreciated. She's my Grand daughter, I do NOT want to screw this up. Thanks Gary Winslow

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  • Gary Winslow Nov 15, 2010

    Thank all of you for your very helpful recommendations. I will sleep much better knowing how to wire the switch & lights.
    Thanks again, Gary

  • Gary Winslow Nov 15, 2010

    To: joecoolvette; Thank you for your excellent description on wiring the lite switch

  • Gary Winslow Nov 16, 2010

    joecoolvette: As I was attaching the wires as you recommended, when I realized I still didn't know if I should connect the GROUND wire to the lite switchand then onto the 1st lite or bypass it like the WHITE wire, and go directly to the 1st lite. I'm also assuming I connect the GROUND wire to the 1st lite(GREEN screw) then a jumper to the 2nd lite (GREEN screw) . Thanks, Gary.

  • Gary Winslow Nov 16, 2010

    Thanks again. You have a way of explaining wiring that even I can understand.. Again 100% Have a Blessed day. Gary Winslow

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1) The Black (HOT) wire always goes to the switch. From the other screw of the switch it goes to the first light.

Then a jumper wire (Black so you can keep track), goes from the first lights Black wire, or gold screw, to the Black wire, or gold screw of the second light.

The white Common wire in the Romex cable goes past the light switch, to the first light. A jumper wire (White in color so you can keep track), comes from the first light to the second light.

Only the Black (HOT) wires are switched.
Have additional questions regarding this, please post in a Comment.

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joecoolvette

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    joecoolvette Nov 13, 2010

    The wide blade on the heavy duty three prong plug, (If it has one), is for the Hot wire. The Black wire.
    The round pin on the heavy duty three prong plug is for the Ground wire. The bare copper wire is the Ground wire. If you see a Green screw on the light fixtures, this is where the bare copper Ground attaches to. When attaching solid wires together, such as in the Romex NM-B cable. (Non-Metallic Sheathed) So we have Black wire coming to light switch. From light switch to gold screw on first light fixture. Then from gold screw on first light fixture to gold screw on second light fixture. White wire goes past light switch connects to silver screw on first light. Then from silver screw on first light to silver screw on second light. Black is always the 'HOT' wire. White is always the Common wire. Bare copper is always the Ground. A switch always goes in the Black/Hot wire. NEVER in the White/Common wire.

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    joecoolvette Nov 13, 2010

    "When attaching solid wires together, such as in the Romex NM-B cable. (Non-Metallic Sheathed), strip approximately 3/.4 inch insulation off of the wire. Lay the two stripped ends together of two wires, and use your Electrician's pliers to twist the two together. Then the wire nut goes on. Make SURE the wire nut is on tight, then apply a couple wraps of black plastic electrical tape. Apply the tape around the middle of the wire nut, wrap around the bottom, catching the wire also."

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    joecoolvette Nov 16, 2010

    My apologizes for getting back to you so late. YES, connect the bare wire ground to the light switches Green ground screw. The source Romex wire feeding up to the light switch, will be twisted together with the bare copper wire leading to the first light. One bare copper wire will be twisted onto the other bare copper wire, so that there is a 1 inch, or so, lead left. This part is looped around the Green ground screw. Correct, the 1st light will have a bare copper jumper to the second light. I Appreciate the kind words, and you rating! I am most humble. joecoolvette

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    joecoolvette Nov 16, 2010

    You = Your (Sheesh!)

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