Flourescent light with rocker switch

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Flourescent light with rocker switch

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I am building my own arcade machine and have the original fluorescent light but do not have the original power supply. From what I read on the internet, I could splice an old extension cord and connect it to the wires for the light. However, I would like to have switch so the light can be turned off separately from the arcade. Would a switch such as this from RadioShack work?

SPST16A/125VAC Illuminated On/Off Rocker Switch : Rocker Switches | RadioShack.com

How would I go about wiring this?

Any help is greatly appreciated!
 
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Old 11-09-13, 01:23 PM
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Not really enough information in your post to answer. Spec wise it should be okay for most 120 volt, 10 amp or less non motor applications. It would be wired in series with the incoming hot wire.
 
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Sorry for not providing enough information. From what I can tell its only a 15w light and I think it also says 12V.

In regards to the wiring, would I have the wires from the light meet the wires from the extension cord at the switch? That is, should I splice them together and then simply connect each pair respectively to the correct prong (hot, neutral, and ground)?
 
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I think it also says 12V.
If it is 12 volts you need either a transformer or a DC power supply. You can't just plug it into a receptacle.
 
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