extra light and a switch

Old 11-15-05, 06:02 PM
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extra light and a switch

hello, in my home i have an attic that we want to use for storage, but there is no light I was wondering what it took to install a light or 2, both with switches. There is wiring from other lights in the actual house on the floor of the attic covered in insulation, but i dont want to split that to the light, i want it seperate so i can turn the light on and off when i'm in the attic.
Thank you very much.
Old 11-15-05, 06:28 PM
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You basically need to drop down to one of the light switches or outlets to get power, furn that to a switch, then your lights, or you can tie into a light if it has a switch loop.
Old 11-16-05, 08:52 AM
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Don't try to tap power from any switch with a white wire connected to it. Furthermore, trying to tap power from a 3-way switch only works some of the time. Unswitched receptacles are usually good places to get power from.

Find a home wiring book with lots of colorful pictures. It should help a lot on a project such as this.

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