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Some advice please:

I have 6 x GU5.3 low voltage down lights controlled from a single switch in my office. Each down light has its own transformer.

I want to ask an electrician to add a 240v double spot light with its own switch at the end of the existing daisy chain as per the attached picture. (the double spotlights will shine onto my work desk and I want to be able to turn them off without switching off all the down lights). The daisy chain is 240v and I am simply using the final switch to control the final light. Please see the attached for what I hope to have done.

Any thoughts?
 

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This is feasible but be aware they will only function with the existing lights on. May not be difficult to give them an independent switching option especially if your office has a suspended ceiling to access the wiring.
 

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Another thought is to have the new lights wired with a wireless switch. That way the new switch can be located wherever you’d like and could even be a key fob clicker so that only you control them, ha. Check out Quinetic Wireless Switch :) .
 
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This is feasible but be aware they will only function with the existing lights on. May not be difficult to give them an independent switching option especially if your office has a suspended ceiling to access the wiring.
Thank you Westward10
 

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that arrangement looks fine,
it is sometiumes a disadvantage as @westward10 mentions that the main office lights need to be on for the desk light to be switched on.

it is sometimes an advantage as when you leave the office and turn out the lights, you don't have the "Doughh" moment when you realise you have left the desk light on as they will turn off with the main lights.

it is simpley a case of what suits you best.
 
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that arrangement looks fine,
it is sometiumes a disadvantage as @westward10 mentions that the main office lights need to be on for the desk light to be switched on.

it is sometimes an advantage as when you leave the office and turn out the lights, you don't have the "Doughh" moment when you realise you have left the desk light on as they will turn off with the main lights.

it is simpley a case of what suits you best.
Thank you both - you're spot on.

Practically, having to reroute cables in the ceiling void to get an independent desk light switch is too much hassle, and, as you point out, switching off one switch to turn all off is the best option.

The final switch is really just to stop the glare on the screens when I'm watching something on the computer.

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