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How to Wire into an Existing Light Switch


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How Can I Wire into an Existing Switch that Controls an Outlet? The Most Common Problems when Wiring Light Switches and How to Fix Them, Wiring Switches with White Wires.

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Electrical Question: How Can I Wire into an Existing Switch that Controls an Outlet?

This electrical question came from: Rick in Santa Clara, California.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Rick.

How to Wire to a Switch that has White Wires

Application: Ceiling Fan Circuit Wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a non-aluminum ladder and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and access to the switched outlet wiring and the proposed location for the ceiling fan.
Precaution: Identify the switch power circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring for a ceiling fan should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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