outlet and light switch

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Old 07-08-08, 02:59 PM
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outlet and light switch

I moved an existing outlet higher up on the same wall. there are two sets of wires from the existing outlet that I'm pulling up. I would like to add a light switch beside the outlet. How do I use the power from the outlet to power the light?

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Old 07-08-08, 03:37 PM
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To run a new switch for the luminaire it is not too hard depending on where you will run the new luminaire location is.

You will need 14-2* or 12-2* wire from the receptale box and if you are famiur the term " pigtailing " if so you will have to do that in the receptale box all the black together and all the white together and bare or green together and make a short pigtail about 6~8 inches long and use yellow or red wirenut depending on which wire size you have there and once you get the wirenutted then push most of the wire back in the box but leave short pigtail so you can able reconnected the receptale back.

Now for the switch this will be little diffrent white to white wirenutted and that one you don't need pigtail on that one now one black will go to one brass colour screw while other black to other colour screw then rest of the wire will go to the luminaire.

However.,, some wall cavity willbe pretty easy to run but some can be very tough depending on type of wall and location willbe at.

Inside wall useally pretty easy due most of the interal walls are not insluated at all so it will make it easy to fish the wire in the wall but for outside wall it may be little tough to snake in the wire due the insluating materals.

It can be doable on outside wall but if you can get in the attic spot that will be great that will help a bit.

For the ceiling luminaire you can use the old work junction box but keep in your mind if you will plan to install the ceiling fan in future it will reqired a ceiling fan rated box to hold up the fan.

Merci,Marc
 
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Old 07-08-08, 03:51 PM
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This project is only legal if you are NOT working in a kitchen, dining room, bathroom or laundry room. Good luck. This is a good project for a DIYer.
 
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As John Nelson make good point there and also it will be wise idea to get two or three book related to wiring in the home one is Wiring Simplied the other one IIRC it made by Black and Decker they have very good section as well.

Both books have pretty nice photos how it can be done.

Merci,Marc
 
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