Wiring a Wall Switch to a Light

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How to Add Electrical Wiring for a Wall Switch for a Light Fixture

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Wiring Diagrams for Wiring Wall Switches

I’m adding a wall switch to a light that has a switch on a cord out of the wall.

  1. The switch is going into another box which has power as well with a switch to another light.
  2. I need to know if I should go with power from the box or from the light.
  3. Which would be easier and detailed wiring diagram etc.

Not three ways!

This electrical question came from: Michael, a Handyman from Newport beach CA

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

How to Add Electrical Wiring for a Wall Switch for a Light Fixture

  • Michael, you only need to switch the power or hot side, so a 2-wire cable may be run from the existing power source of the light fixture to the location of the new switch.
  • The switch is of course is wired asĀ  power in, and power back out.


Easy to Follow Wiring Diagrams with Help You Wire Your Switches

Wiring a Switch

  • Wiring a Light Switch – Diagram 1

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