hanging light over pool table

Old 09-08-04, 12:52 PM
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hanging light over pool table

I have purchaed a light to hang over my new pool table. I have access to the area above the ceiling so I can add bracing to attach the box to and hang the light -but i do not know where to get power from?There are two ceiling fans with light kits hanging from the ceiling about 4 ft from where I want to hang the light-these are both switched from the wall; one switch for the fans and one switch for the lights. Also have 4 can lights in the room switched from the wall as well.
Can anyone tell me how to run power to the new light?
Thanks a bunch!
Old 09-08-04, 12:59 PM
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It's not easy. Maybe you can get power from those lights and fan, but maybe not. You have to examine and understand how what you have now is wired. There are many mistakes to be made.
  • Don't tap a traveler cable (no wire is always hot).
  • Don't tap a switch leg (hot isn't always hot).
  • Don't tap a switch loop (white wire isn't a neutral).
  • Don't tap a 240-volt cable (ouch!).
  • Don't tap a circuit with a breaker larger than 20 amps (disallowed by code).
  • Don't tap into a restricted circuit, such as one serving a kitchen, bath, dining room or laundry area (disallowed by code).
  • Don't tap a circuit already fully loaded (unsatisfying).
So your ability to find a good place to get power depends on your ability to recognize all those bad places to get power.

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