Questions about Bedroom Wiring
Lost Power to a Bedroom Circuit
Lost power for a small bedroom. I replaced the circuit breaker and still have no power. Short of it being another bad breaker, what else could be causing the problem?
William, there is most likely a lost connection that has occurred with one of the conductors of the bedroom circuit. The circuit wiring, connections and outlet devices will all need to be inspected for a burnt or bad connection. Once the problem has been identified then the proper repairs will be necessary.
Converting Bedroom Switched Outlets to Ceiling Fixtures or Fans
Jon, from Hull, Iowa asks:
I would like to change my switched outlets in my bedrooms to switched ceiling lights, or possible ceiling fans. I have the main power with 14-2 wire coming into my master bedroom single pole switch; it proceeds to an outlet nearby. The same master bedroom switch proceeds to another bedroom switch where it also feeds a nearby outlet. The second bedroom single pole switch then goes to the 3rd bedroom where it also feeds one switched outlet. All the whites in line were tied together. I have already run a 14-2 wire to the center of each room down to the switch area. This is where I have a question; How do I wire the switch for possible ceiling fans, or ceiling lights; Do I need a double gang box; and can the outlet still be used without turning a switch on?
Jon, Since the power source of both the hot and the neutral is located at the wall switch box of the bedroom, then just replace the connections that go from the switch to the outlet with the new black wire that goes to the ceiling fixture, and connect the wire that used to go to the outlet together with the black of the incoming power. The white neutral wire of the ceiling fixture connects with the other neutral wires in the switch box.
The single switch box can be changed to a double gang switch box if and additional switch will be required.
Test and make sure the circuit power is off before doing any wiring.
Wiring Outlets Controlled by a Switch
Mark, from Leawood, Kansas asks:
I want to wire a switch to control two outlets. Can you explain the process for me?
Mark, Electrical outlets require a circuit consisting of a power feed, neutral, and a ground, which is typically accomplished by installing a cable with wires that are black, white and bare copper respectively.
For this application, the power source would enter at the switch location which would be wired to control only the power feed or black wire of the incoming power source, and the black wire of the outgoing cable leading to the outlets. The white neutral wires and the ground wires are spliced through at the switch location and the outlets are wired parallel from the first to the second.
Questions about Bedroom Electrical Wiring
Question from Wes, a Homeowner in Charlotte, North Carolina:
What is the best way to add wiring for additional Bedroom Lights?
I would like to install eight 4-inch recessed light fixtures in my master bedroom.
Currently I just have a ceiling fan with a light fixture in it. The ceiling fan is controlled by two switches, and operates by a remote. I believe the switches have red and black wires. I want to replace the ceiling fan with a chandelier and use one of the black or red wires for powering the eight recessed lights. Which wire should I use to power the recessed lights? I would like to replace the regular switch with a dimmer. Also in the attic where I will be installing the recessed cans there are existing wires running in the location of the new light fixtures. How far should I move the existing wires from the recessed cans?
Wiring for Bedroom Light Fixtures
Since there are two existing switches for the ceiling fan and light, the wiring may be adapted for the additional recessed lights and the chandelier, you would just need to keep track of the switch assignments so the dimmer switch will be installed with the right set of wires.
The existing wiring in the attic should not come into contact with the new recessed lighting fixture enclosures.
IMPORTANT: When adding an additional load to an existing circuit the circuit should be tested to make sure it has the capacity for the additional calculated load to prevent overloading the existing circuit.