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How to Wire a Light Fixture Circuit

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Simple Mistakes That are Made When Wiring a Light Circuit and How to Avoid and Correct Them

Electrical Wiring for Light Fixtures

Question: I installed 3 florescent lights in my 5 bed room work room. I used 3 wire with black-white and red. 1 switch is suppose to control 2 lights and 1 the other. I used the black and white to feed the 2 outside lights. The red and white to feed the center light. When I turn on the outside light, I get a soft light from the center one. I turn on the center same with the outside. Do these types of lights have some sort of floating current.
I’m really sorry I didn’t go with the recessed lighting.
I hope this makes sense to you.
Thank you.

This electrical question came from: John, from Sewell, New Jersey

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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question John

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