Locating Power for New Switch Wiring


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Locate a Power Source for a New Light Switch: Why an Existing Light Switch Might Not Work as a Power Source.


Light Switch Wiring

Electrical Question: I have an existing switch that turns on the light in the area above the garage on a two story house.

This electrical question came from: Frank, a Homeowner from Sylvania, Ohio.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your Electrical Wiring Question Frank.

How to Locate a Power Source for a New Light Switch

Application: Branch Circuit Wiring for additional Lighting Fixtures.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor..
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a Voltage Tester, additional tools for the specific branch circuit wiring method.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and work with the circuit wiring.
Precaution: Identify the power source circuit at the panel, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Modifying or installing additional electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

Why a Light Switch Might Not Work for a Power Source

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