I’m about to tackle refinishing some parts of my basement.
When you walk down the stairs, there’s one switch that controls all the lights; I’d like to convert that to one switch per room.
I was thinking I could:
- bypass the current switch that controls them all (by tying white and black wires in that box at the base of the stairs; this would save me some time, where I can reuse the wire that currently runs the length of the basement).
- use the now-hot source to wire a single-pole switch in each room, taking some 14-3 from the existing ceiling boxes down to each switch. (14-3 instead of 14-2 because of the capped-off neutral requirement 2011 NEC). Like so: