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How to Wire a Switch for a Light Fixture
In an existing ceiling box there is power coming in for a light and power going out to another room. Wiring a Switch From an Existing Ceiling Box.
Wiring a Switch for a Light Fixture
[ad#block]Electrical Question: In an existing ceiling box there is power coming in for a light and power going out to another room.
- Can I run a new line from a switch to turn the light on and still have power to the other room.
This electrical wiring question came from: Bob, from Silver Lake , New York.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Bob.
Wiring a Switch From an Existing Ceiling Box
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate. This electrical wiring project is best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a non-aluminum ladder and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and access to the light fixture(s).
Precaution: Identify the light circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional fixture wiring should be done with a permit and be inspected.
Installing Electrical Wiring from a Switch for a Light Switch
For a project like this, electrical wiring is typically installed from the ceiling box to the wall switch location as you have stated. The wiring would need to include a neutral wire to satisfy NEC code requirements.
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