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Wiring Basement Light Fixtures

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Installing Basement Electrical Wiring for Lights and a Switch: I wired my basement so all the lights operate from one switch but the switch does not operate the lights and the lights just stay on. What did I do wrong?

Troubleshooting Basement Light Fixture Wiring

Electrical Question: I wired my basement so all the lights operate from one switch but the switch does not operate the lights and the lights just stay on. What did I do wrong?

Can you help?
Thank you.

This electrical wiring question came from: Jeff, from Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Additional Comments: It is nice to have a place to come to for answers. Thank you for creating this resource.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Jeff.

Installing Basement Wiring for Lights and a Switch

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Application: Electrical Wiring for Basement Lights and a Switch.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Electricians Pouch of Hand Tools for Rough-In Wiring, Electric Drill and Auger Bits,  Extension Cords, and a Ladder as needed.
Estimated Time: Depends on the extent of the basement wiring project and available access to the project area.
Precaution: Any existing wiring in the immediate area that may interfere with the new wiring should be identified, turned OFF and Tagged.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring in the basement should always be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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