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Hello, I'm looking for some wiring help with a DIY project. I want to create a 6-light bulb array (incandescent, 60W bulbs) that would allow me to dim the lights, and also independently control on/off of pairs of lights.
There are 3 pairs of lights (6 total)-- if all are switched "on" then the dimmer switch would dim all lights equally. However I'd like to also be able to switch on or off any of the pairs of lights, while the remaining lights stay on and remain dimmable. I've included a mock up of the array (this is not an electrical diagram of course, just a conceptual drawing), and I would need help with some basic wiring questions as well as where (in the circuit) the on/off switches might go, in addition to some specific suggestions for what type of on/off switch might work. I was able to put together a dimmable ring light of 12 bulbs several years ago with a little assistance (pic attached), so even though I am not accomplished in the electrical arts, I can complete such a project with a little bit of guidance. Thank you for any help or suggestions.
JR Davis

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Have I oversimplified this?

Live into dimmer switch. Switched live from dimmer switch split 3 ways. Each leg then goes through a switch. These switches then split between 2 lamps each.

Maybe a main switch before the dimmer to turn all off.
 

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Hello, I'm looking for some wiring help with a DIY project. I want to create a 6-light bulb array (incandescent, 60W bulbs) that would allow me to dim the lights, and also independently control on/off of pairs of lights.
There are 3 pairs of lights (6 total)-- if all are switched "on" then the dimmer switch would dim all lights equally. However I'd like to also be able to switch on or off any of the pairs of lights, while the remaining lights stay on and remain dimmable. I've included a mock up of the array (this is not an electrical diagram of course, just a conceptual drawing), and I would need help with some basic wiring questions as well as where (in the circuit) the on/off switches might go, in addition to some specific suggestions for what type of on/off switch might work. I was able to put together a dimmable ring light of 12 bulbs several years ago with a little assistance (pic attached), so even though I am not accomplished in the electrical arts, I can complete such a project with a little bit of guidance. Thank you for any help or suggestions.
JR Davis

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As far as the drawing it appears like it should work
 

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