01:30PM | 03/01/07
Member Since: 02/18/07
3 lifetime posts
What is the best way to route / plan a lighting circuit only coming from the panel box?


- attic light on pull chain

- bathroom light w single pole switch

- 3Way Switch ---- SSLL config

Do I come from the panel box

-- to the attic light then go down

-- to the Single Pole Switch & assoc Light

-- then go from the Single Pole Switch

-- to the 1st 3 Way Switch (I'm ok from there on) its just everything before.

Does the HomeRun - black hot leg going thru the attic light stay hot even if the light is not turned on as the black hot leg goes down the path into the Single Pole Switch and again stay hot as it travels to the 3Way Switch?

Do Home Runs stay hot as they travel through switches from switch to switch even when the switches are turned off?

Also in a typical 1 gang Switch Box are 3 cables 12/2Wground & wirenuts too many to connect?

I ask because my elect inspect said he prefers separate lighting circuits verus mixed lighting and outlet circuits.

I've said it a few different ways to see if I can make my question clearer. Thanks.


10:51AM | 03/06/07
Member Since: 01/09/07
198 lifetime posts
For switches (either pull chain or box ones), they are normally wired with the switch after the connection to the hot wire, so the wire remains hot going on to other devices regardless of the on-off position of the switch.

About your wiring plan, any of these should work. So normally this is decided based on the details of the construction -- what is easiest to work with depending on the walls, floors, etc.

Personally, I tend to prefer a hot cable from the panel to a junction box in a location that's convenient to all the devices (an accessible attic often works well). Then I run individual cables from that junction box to each of the 3 devices. This makes the wiring simpler at each device location, and gives you a big empty box for the junction of all those cables. Also, I think this is easier if you ever do additions in the future.

A single gang box will hold all those wires plus a device, and meet code, but it will be crowded. You can get 'deep' boxes which give you more room. You can also use a double box, with the switch on one side and the wires on the other. There are face plates with one side blank. This is visible in the finished room, but generally not a problem.
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon