Just discovered this group and the material here is awesome.
I have plenty of DIY experience and used to do home repair work, I did
some work with an electrician but certainly do not think I am an
My question involves adding recessed ceiling lights in my bedroom.
IMPORTANT FACT - I do have attic access. I will be able to run or
change Romex as needed.
Currently, I have 2 switches on the wall next to my bedroom door.
Switch A is for the bathroom and has 2 control buttons - one for the
fan and one for the light. Switch B is on the same power source but
only controls an overhead ceiling fan with light fixtures (which are
controlled by 2 small pull chains). I want to keep all of these things
as they are.
I want to add about 5 lights in two separate groups that can be shut
off/turned on and dimmed by group. Group 1 would consist of 2 over the
bed and 1 over the dresser. Group 2 would be 2 lights over my home
office/desk area. All of this is in my bedroom.
I imagine in my mind a dimmer switch controlling my DESK area lights
leaving the other lights off to stop energy waste. Of course in vice
versa, I want to read in bed so I would want those lights on and the
DESK area off.
I know I will have to cut open the switch area on the wall, make it
bigger, then mud, tape and paint it. No problem there! I just cannot
see the wiring layout in my mind, don't know which switches would be
the correct choice and not sure if it is even possible from one power
source. I am sure I will have to run 2 lines of 14/3 in the attic and
drop it down to the wall switch power source.
If you can help me, please be detailed and clear. Do not assume I will
know the trade slang and if possible, please e-mail me a diagram drawn
on the PC in MS Paint, etc. if you can.
Thanks in advance and know that I really appreciate any help.