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Old 10-05-2013, 07:14 PM   #1
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Help installing light fixture and adding on/off cord


Hello,

I have very limited electrical knowledge, and I'm a little unsure how to tackle this.

I'm replacing a light fixture in my closet. The old light fixture had a cord to turn it on/off. There's no light switch.

The new light fixture I bought does not have a cord! I found this blog post online with someone who had the same setup:

http://crabandfish.blogspot.com/2012...n-fixture.html

I bought the same standalone cord/switch from home depot.

The wall has: 1 black wire and 1 white wire (no ground)
The switch has: 2 black wires
The fixture has: 1 black wire, 1 white wire, 1 green wire, and 1 bare copper wire.

Problem 1: No ground from the wall
Problem 2: I don't know how to inject the standalone switch in the middle of the circuit.

Here's my best guess:

Standalone switch wire #1 to light fixture black
Light fixture white to standalone switch wire #2
Just tie the light fixture green and copper to ???

I attached some pictures. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:51 PM   #2
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Your wiring will create a short when you close the switch.

It should be:

Black from the wall to one side of the switch.
Black from fixture to other side of switch.
White from wall to white on fixture.
Tie all grounds together. There should be one on the box itself.

Is this an incandescent fixture?

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Thanks, AandPDan.

This is the fixture: http://www.cb2.com/chord-pendant-lamp/f8565

Not sure if it's incandescent or not.

You mention that there should be a ground on the box itself. I don't understand. This is in my closet, so it seems like all I have to work with is what's coming out of the wall there.
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I asked about the fixture because the NEC is very strict about closet lighting.

The picture shows it being an incandescent lamp (filament type). I don't see a shade on the fixture either. Per Code you can't have a "bare bulb" fixture in a closet.

NEC 410.16(b):
"Luminaire Types Not Permitted. Incandescent luminaires with open or partially enclosed lamps and pendant luminaires or lampholders shall not be permitted."

The metal box in the wall should be grounded. Look closely at the cable where it enters the box, the ground may be wrapped around a screw.

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Old 10-06-2013, 04:48 PM   #5
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So there is no bare copper or green wire connected in the back of the box?
Do you have metal conduit in your walls by chance? it's sort of hard to tell if where the wires come into the box is a connector or a threaded conduit.

AandPDan's wiring is correct for the switch
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