Wiring in a new light please help!!!

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Old 03-15-09, 07:28 PM
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Wiring in a new light please help!!!

I am doing a small remodeling job in my living room and am installing a light fixture where there never was one before. On the section of the room i tore out there were 2 recessed lights. I am using that wire as my hot. I ran a new line up to my attic, installed a box, and the light fixture. Everything is good except when i wire in the switch the fuse keeps blowing. Here is how i have it wired. From the existing "hot" line and the new line i ran i am connecting both blacks and both whites to the switch and also both grounds to the green screw on the switch. I know that i dont have the wires backwards because i already tried that. I also know that the light fixture is good because i bypassed the switch all together and the light worked fine. Am I using the wrong kind of switch? Please help. Thanks.
 
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Old 03-15-09, 07:45 PM
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The switch interrupts the black wire going to the light. The neutral white wire is not switched. Hooking both black and white to a switch creates a dead short. You really need to read a book on basic house wiring such as Wiring Simplified from Home Depot.
 
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Old 03-16-09, 05:04 AM
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In addition to Ray's comments, which I think is right on, from what you are telling us, you may have a 4 way switch, if it has 4 screws. You want a SPST toggle switch, and as Ray says, the neutral is never switched. Only the black is broken between the two screws on the switch. Buy the book. Read it, please.
 
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Old 03-16-09, 06:59 AM
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Also the green wires cannot rely on the green screw on the switch to connect them. They must be mechanically joined together by something like a wire nut and then connected to the screw. This may require you to add a short pigtail to make this connection.
 
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I agree with and reenforce the suggestion to read a book before proceeding. In fact, I'll suggest that you find three home wiring books and read all three cover to cover before doing anything else. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.
 
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