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 expert.
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.