I have a question that I think is really simple for you experts (naturally I'm a novice) so hopefully someone can help me out. I want to add an additional light to an existing light already installed in my basement about 10 feet away. At the existing fixture location, there is a 2-wire cable and 3-wire cable as shown in the attachment, and wired the same way. How is the proper way to connect a new light to the existing fixture. Is it as simple as me installing new 14-2 wire cable from a new light, and attaching to the neutral, hot (red), and ground wire at the existing fixture? Any advise or confirmation is greatly appreciated. Thank you. enter image description here

  • Which wires in the light box are connected to the existing light fixture? Jul 19, 2020 at 16:59
  • Just like in the image, there are 2 wires on the existing light (Red and White). The red attaches to the 3 wire cable (red wire), and the white neutral goes to a pigtail with 3 neutral wires. It's literally exactly like the image.
    – nhbarch
    Jul 19, 2020 at 19:34

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Great job for a first post! Excellent diagram.

Yes, you can easily add another fixture in the manner you described, assuming it's a 15 amp circuit (which is likely), if a 20 amp circuit, you'd need 12/2. You got it right.

  • Thank you so much for the feedback. I really appreciate it!
    – nhbarch
    Jul 20, 2020 at 2:07
  • Congrats also to do-it-yourself-help.com for updating their diagrams for 2011 Code. Jul 20, 2020 at 2:22

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