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How To Wire a New Switch and Ceiling Light
How do I wire the new switch using power from the existing power line to turn on and off the new ceiling light? Wiring a New Switch from an Existing Power Source.
Wiring a Wall Switch for Light Fixtures
[ad#block] Electrical Wiring Question: How do I wire the new switch using power from the existing power line to turn on and off the new ceiling light?
- I have a wall switch that controls an outlet so I can turn it off and on.
- There is a lamp is plugged into the outlet now.
- A 14/2 power line (red, black and ground) goes to the switch now from wall plug.
- I ran a second 14/2 line from the wall switch box to a ceiling box for a light.
This electrical question came from: Dennis, a Handyman from Lewiston, New York.
Additional Comments: Great web site, very helpful.
Thanks for your electrical question Dennis.
How to Wire a New Ceiling Light and Wall Switch
Application: Wiring for a Light Switch and a New Ceiling Light Fixture.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrician or Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional light fixture and switch wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Wiring a New Ceiling Light and Switch from an Existing Power Source
From what has been described in this question, it appears that a Neutral Wire is not available at the wall switch. The ceiling light fixture requires a neutral for the light to work and your wall switch box does not have a neutral wire available, so additional wiring will be required to obtain the neutral wire from the outlet. Complete wiring diagrams can be found by following the information below.
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