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How To Wire For Two Light Switches


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Wiring for Two Light Switches: How do I take those two wires and feed two switches to have separate control for two switches.

Wiring for Two Light Switches

Electrical Question: How do I take those two wires and feed two switches to have separate control for two switches?

This electrical wiring question came from: Chris, a Handyman from East Grand Forks, Minnesota
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Chris.

How to Wire Light Switches

Application: Electrical Wiring for Light Switches.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the lighting circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

Wiring Two Light Switches


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4 Responses to “How To Wire For Two Light Switches”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi James,
    Please refer to the wiring diagrams for switches as provided in the article above. If you would like to have two switches control the same light then please see the 3-Way switch wiring diagrams which demonstrate the wiring methods.
    I hope this helps you,
    Dave

  2. James says:

    I want to hook two switches to the same light using a 12-3 wire. Can you tell me how so I will have no problems. I have done wiring but I have forgotten how.

  3. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Terry,
    Your description should work fine. Bond the ground wires, connect the neutral wires in the switch box and share the power source for the switches, then cable out to the light fixture boxes. Use the same type and gauge cable as used for the outlet circuit.
    Be Safe,
    Dave

  4. Terry says:

    I want to come off a outlet at the end of a run, then go to two switches, one for a ceiling light and the other to a outside light.