Wiring medicine cabinet


Old 07-13-04, 09:00 AM
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Wiring medicine cabinet

I have a medicine cabinet with a light that I am installing. I need to add a rotary switch that has three wires, two black and one brown, coming out of it so I can turn the light on and off. The cabinet has two wires coming out of it, one black and one black with a white stripe. The wire from the panel has three wires, one white (neutral), one black, and one ground, coming from it.

Every combination of connections I have tried blows the circuit breaker. Does anyone know the correct way for me to wire my medicine cabinet?
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Old 07-13-04, 09:49 AM
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What sort of switch is this, where did you get it, and how are you trying to wire it? It may not be appropriate for the medicine cabinet lights.

Any switch that you use will only attach to the hot wires (unless the sitch itself needs power for something, such as a lighted indicator).
Old 07-13-04, 11:16 AM
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It is a simple rotary switch that has an on-on-on-off configuration. I got it at Home Depot. I am trying to wire it to the cabinet and the wires from the circuit panel.

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