Installing Attic Light and Switch Wiring
Electrical Wiring for an Attic Light and Switch
Wiring for an Attic Light and Switch
Hi, I am trying to install a wall switch in my attic. It currently has one pull string light that has power running in it and out to a wall socket. I would like to add a second light and a wall switch for both lights. I have a little experience in electrical work.
This electrical question came from: Kirk, a Handyman from Leonardtown, Maryland.
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Thanks for your electrical question Kirk.
Attic Light and Switch Wiring
Kirk, because there is power to an existing light fixture in the attic area, then the additional light switch and light fixture will be relatively straight forward. The light switch should be located close to the opening to the attic entrance where a 2-wire cable with ground is installed up to the existing light fixture. This additional cable is simply used as a power and switched leg. The new additional light fixture can can be located in a safe area where it is not in close proximity to flammable materials and a minimum of 12 inches from framing members. The links below will provide the necessary wiring diagrams for the wiring connections for the light switch cable connections.
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