Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Subject: adding light fixture to a closet

Name: Linda

Question: I am planning on adding a closet and need to add a light and switch off an existing outlet. Can you offer me the basics on how to do the wiring to add this? I've got a pretty good idea, but want to confirm my thoughts are accurate.


Answer: Hi Linda.

You run a wire from the out let to the switch. The wire needs to be the same size as in the outlet. It should be either a 14-2 or 12-2. 14-2 would be the most common. In the outlet you match all like colors.

From the switch you run a wire to the light. Same size wire as you ran to the switch. In the light you natch all like colors.

In the switch. You put the two whites together. The black go one on either side of the switch. It is the black that get opened or broken by the switch to turn the light on or off. All the grounds get tied together and go to the green screws or wires if available.

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