Adding another switch off existing switch

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Old 03-22-05, 11:39 AM
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Adding another switch off existing switch

My dining room switch has one (2 wire) coming to the switch that controls a chandelier. I want to add another switch beside it to run four pot lights which I have just installed onto a coiffered ceiling. Can I get power from that existing switch for the new switch and how do I hook it up so both switches work separately from each other.
 
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Old 03-22-05, 11:46 AM
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This is a switch loop and as such it has no return.

You can certainly add another switch next to this one, or replace the switch with a duplex switch, but since you have no neutral here you will have to get power from somewhere else.
 
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Old 03-22-05, 02:08 PM
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Thank you for the info. Can I get the power from a receptical that has two unused terminals, and if so can I bring that power to the switch first.
 
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Old 03-22-05, 02:18 PM
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Technically, yes and yes.

However, one of the code gurus will have to comment on whether or not this is acceptable, because dining room circuits, like kitchens and bathrooms may have special requirements.
 
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Old 03-22-05, 02:22 PM
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You can get power from anywhere that you have unswitched constant power, with a few exceptions. Once you have unswitched power you can run it just about anywhere you want.

Where is this receptacle located, and is in unswitched?
 
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