I'm looking at lighting a kitchen in a wood cabin and to try and make the wiring (which will sit on the outside of the ceiling) as neat as possible, I'm wondering if I can wire 3 separate lights in the fashion I've illustrated below (taking an illustration that was done for 2 lights and trying to add a third, but not in a daisy chain fashion).


Possible wiring

Any help is appreciated, thanks.

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    Yep that works as drawn. – Tyson Feb 19 '18 at 2:48

People use black and white because they only sell NM cable in black-white or black-white-red. We certainly wish we could use more illustrative colors.

Let's recolor the wires to indicate their actual function. You can do the same thing with colored tape.

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With red being switched-hot, it seems clear you are doing the right thing.

  • Lamps should get switched-hot and neutral check
  • switches should get hot and switched-hot check
  • neutral should be available in the switch box for future smart switches check.

Looks right to me.

  • In the US, isn't black a normal color for the hot, while white is neutral and bare/green is ground? Red is also hot, but no more indicative of hot than black, is it? Why insist on coloring the wires "to indicate their actual function"? I'm not a trained electrician by any means, so I'm missing something on why red is better in this diagram than the black was. – FreeMan Aug 2 at 14:15
  • @FreeMan In this particular example, this circuit is fairly simple, so. your brain cells can handle the only ambiguous area, in the switch box... but just wait til a 3-way is involved. Or two! – Harper - Reinstate Monica Aug 2 at 14:30
  • That makes sense. I was just wondering why you made the effort on this one. ;) – FreeMan Aug 2 at 15:20

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