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    Default Converting pull light to a wall switch

    I have power coming into a pull light in the ceiling which then also has a wire exiting the ceiling box and powers several outlets down the line. I want to put that light on a wall switch but still need to have direct power exiting the box for the outlets down the line. How can I install the switch so that the light only has power turning on and off but not the exiting line? Hope this makes sense.
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    Default Re: Converting pull light to a wall switch

    It makes sense, but may be a bit difficult for some folks.

    - In the ceiling light box, disconnect the hot to the light/light pull switch.
    - run two wires from a new wall switch to the box, then do these connections: one of them to the hot that you just disconnected in the previous step, and the other to the light/light pull switch.

    Don't forget to cut the power before you start!

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    Default Re: Converting pull light to a wall switch

    Since it is now customary to run the hot wire to the switch box and not to the fixture, I would carefully label the hot wire in the ceiling box for future reference. A lot of people now install light fixtures without turning off the breaker; as long as the switch is off there is no power to the ceiling box in the modern wiring method. The old method of running a hot wire from fixture to fixture and dropping "switch legs" down the walls has fallen by the wayside.
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    Default Re: Converting pull light to a wall switch

    Here is what you have to do. Shut off the power to the light. Install a wall box for the switch and run a 3 conductor cable from the wall box to the light box. At the switch box cap the white wire and connect the red wire to one screw on the switch and the black wire to the other screw. At the light box dis connect the black wire on the light and connect it to the switch black wire. Connect the switch red wire to the other black wires in the light box and the white to the white wires in the light box.


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    Default Re: Converting pull light to a wall switch

    Quote Originally Posted by JLMCDANIEL View Post
    Here is what you have to do. Shut off the power to the light. Install a wall box for the switch and run a 3 conductor cable from the wall box to the light box. At the switch box cap the white wire and connect the red wire to one screw on the switch and the black wire to the other screw. At the light box dis connect the black wire on the light and connect it to the switch black wire. Connect the switch red wire to the other black wires in the light box and the white to the white wires in the light box.


    Jack
    Good advice Jack, reflects new code which says a neutral must now be installed all switch boxes, in case an electronic switch, such as an occupancy sensor is installed later.

    Another new Code item: A fan rated ceiling box must now be installed in rooms which might be used to hold a fan. And, a three wire cable must be run from the switch location.
    Good Luck from Columbiana, Alabama
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    Default Re: Converting pull light to a wall switch

    Just want to thank everyone for the information. Finally got around to the installation this weekend and everything went well. More importantly...I understand the flow of electricity so the whole thing makes sense.

    Thanks again.

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