Understanding Light Switch Wiring
How to Wire a Light Switch: I am trying to start the wiring for a switch to an overhead light.
Wiring a Light Switch
Electrical Question: I am trying to start the wiring for a switch to an overhead light.
- I am trying to start with a hot feed from an existing 15amp breaker that is at this time running to a basic on/off switch for an overhead light.
- I would like to have this feed continue from this switch to a new over head light and to a new switch that will run on to a new outlet that this new switch will control. This is probably simple to you, I don’t have much experienced about this any help would be awesome.
This electrical wiring question came from: Ron, a Homeowner from Panama City , Florida.
Additional Comments: Awesome!
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Ron.
How to Wire a Light Switch
Application: Wiring Lighting Circuit and Light Switch.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a Voltage Tester and a fiberglass ladder.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and work with the light circuit electrical wiring.
Precaution: Identify the panel lighting circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Modifying or installing additional electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Basic Light Switch Wiring
- Basic switch wiring can be thought of as a loop of wire to the light switch within the path of the wire to the light fixture.
- There are several fully detailed wiring diagrams that you can check out using the links found of this page.
- The key to light switch wiring is identifying where the power begins for the light fixture.
- With conventional switching methods the neutral is not switched, only the hot or power wire.
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