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How To Wire a New Switch and Ceiling Light


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to wire the new switch using power from the existing power source: You must also understand that a neutral is required in order for the light switch to work and your wall switch box might not have a neutral wire available…


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Electrical Wiring question: I have a wall switch that controls an outlet so I can turn it off and on. Lamp is plugged in now. A 14/2 power line (red, black and ground) goes to the switch now from wall plug. I ran a second 14/2 line from the wall switch box to a ceiling box for a light.

Question: How do I wire the new switch using power from the existing power line to turn on and off the new ceiling light?

This electrical question came from: Dennis, a Handyman from Lewiston, New York.
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Additional Comments: Great web site, very helpful.

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

How to wire the new switch using power from the existing power source

  • Dennis, complete wiring diagrams can be found by following the links below.
  • You must also understand that a neutral is required in order for the light switch to work and your wall switch box might not have a neutral wire available, so additional wiring may be required to obtain the neutral wire from the outlet.

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