I'm wiring my work shop in Colorado. Its on a separate subpanel off the main panel of my house. Its a separate structure. I wired a series of lights with 14-2 and switched it at the end of the run. At the last fixture before the switch I attached the neutral (white from the power source) to the fixture. I attached the Hot (Black from the source) to a white going to the switch. I attached the black coming back from the switch to the black on the fixture.
In all the preceding fixtures in the run I just hooked black to black and white to white. I believe this is correct though I understand code in some places requires a third wire in the last run to the switch to maintain a neutral. That is not required by my inspector.
The trouble I'm having is this: When I turn on the breaker all the lights come on, however the switch only operated the last fixture in the run.
Additional information that may or may not be relevant:
- There is a J-Box between the last fixture in the run and the switch. I just spliced whit to white and black to black
- There are other outlets in the run that do not have a fixture yet. Just spliced as a j-box
- The circuit shares a breaker with a different switched light. I don't remember how I routed it exactly. I almost forgot to add a porch light and I think I tapped in to the circuit before the first fixture and ran romex to the porch light and then to my 3 gang switch box (same box as the one I'm having trouble with.)
- The switch I am using for the end of run circuit that I'm having trouble with is a double horizontal switch. One switch is for the upper lights and the other is a different circuit for the lower lights. I tried using a separate single pole switch for it instead and it made no difference.
I would appreciate any help anyone can offer. Thanks, Peet