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By Dave Rongey - Summary:

What kind of surface conduit can I use to run power from a wall outlet to a light fixture? Installing Surface Electrical Conduit for Wiring a 120Volt Outlet and Light Fixture.

Electrical Wiring for Wall Outlets

Electrical Question: What kind of surface conduit can I use to run power from a wall outlet to a light fixture?

I would like to retrofit an overhead light by using some type of conduit from one of the room wall outlets that is pointless to use since what ever that is plugged into it will get in the way since the area is a traffic area.

This home electrical question came from: Ken, a Handyman from Windsor Ontario, Canada.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electric wiring question Ken.

How to Wire Electrical Outlets

Application: Wiring a 120Volt Outlet and Light Fixture.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of outlets that will be added and the access to the location for the new outlets.
Precaution: Identify the existing outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional fixture and outlet wiring should be done through the local building authority, installed according to applicable local and national electrical codes, with a permit, and have the required inspections.

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