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I would like to add an overhead light to the master bedroom, I’m just not sure how to wire the switch that controls outlets controlled by the switch: Wiring for a Bedroom Light and Switch.
Adding a Light to an Existing Switch
Electrical Question: I would like to add an overhead light to the master bedroom, I’m just not sure how to wire the switch that controls outlets controlled by the switch.
My electrical wiring project involves Add to the Wiring a Switch in the Bedroom of a House.
- I live in a home built in 1986. All the bedrooms have switched outlets and no overhead lighting. I would like to add an overhead light to the master bedroom. I have a full attic so installing the fixture isn’t a problem. I’m just not certain how to attach the fixture to the switch that controls the three outlets that have the upper outlets controlled by the switch (switched from two locations in the room). I’m assuming that the primary switch is located at the door leading into the room from the hallway. There is a switched outlet right below. I can see red wire on back of switch, whites connected together as well as blacks and of course the ground. I want to leave the outlets switched and want to be able to turn off the light from either side of the rooms and am assuming I can do that if the overhead light is connected to the switch entering the room, correctly.
This electrical wiring question came from Brian, a Homeowner in Olympia, Washington.
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How to Add a Ceiling Light to a Bedroom
Application: Add Wiring for a Ceiling Light Fixture.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor. or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the Switch, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the Switch should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in Olympia, Washington. A permit and inspections may also be required.
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