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How to Add a Light Fixture or Two

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Add Light Fixtures: Access to Existing Electrical Wiring, Will the New Light Require a Separate Switch, and an Easier Way to Add a Light and Switch.

Wiring Light Fixtures

Electrical Question: Is there a way to add a light fixture to our existing wiring?

This Electrical Wiring Question came from: Sharon, from Bloomington, Indiana.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Sharon.

How to Add Light Fixtures

Application: Electrical Wiring for a Light Fixture.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, hole saw and drill motor, drop cloth, a Voltage Tester and a fiberglass ladder.
Typical Materials Required: Type NM Cable or same type and gauge cable as the existing light circuit cable, staples for securing the cable, light fixture cut in box or required well supported fixture box for the specific light fixture, wire connectors.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools, access to the circuit wiring and project area, and experience working with light circuit wiring.
Precaution: Identify the lighting circuit in the panel, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Modifying or installing additional wiring for light fixtures should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

Methods for Adding Light Fixture Wiring

The possibility of adding a light fixture or two depends on a few things, including the following:

In Review:
Having access to install the electrical power source is the key component when adding a light fixture. Using the existing light fixture as the power source may be an option to extend the wiring to the desired locations and then using home automation modules and controls for switching and adjusting the levels of light.

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  1. haitham hashim says:


    I wish you luck, and thank you for this important information