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Old 11-17-2009, 07:55 PM   #1
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I am currently remodeling my bedroom and expanding a closet. Right now the closet is seperated by a wall that basically seperates the closets into two sides. Regardless of that, in the space between the closets there is an outlet that I planned to repurpose to run that line to a switch, and have that line provide lighting in the closet. When I exposed the outlet behind the wall I found two wires going to it. Is the other line going to the other outlets in the bedroom? If so, can I still do what I want to do and not lose electricity to the other outlets in the room?

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Old 11-17-2009, 08:45 PM   #2
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I assume when you say 2 wires you mean 2 cables with 2 wires in them for a total of 4 wires.

If so one is the feed to the plug and the other one continues onto another plug. If you want to pull power of off this for your switch you will have to take a 6-8 inch piece of wire(called a pigtail) and tie this in with all the blacks in this box(so a total of 4 wires in the joint). The pigtail would then go onto the plug. Repeat for the white and you will be good to go.

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Sure. One cable is power in and one cable is power out (blacks = hot, whites = neutral bare = ground)

Route the exting cables to the switch box and add the same type of 2 wire cable going to the jbox where the light will be mounted.

In the switch box,

tie all grounds together (leave a short pigtail if the box is plastic),

tie all the whites together,

tie the power in/power out blacks together with a short pigtail.

Hook the hot pigtail to one of the switch terminals,

hook the black going to the light to the other switch terminal,

hook the ground to the switch if applicable.
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Sure. One cable is power in and one cable is power out (blacks = hot, whites = neutral bare = ground)

Route the exting cables to the switch box and add the same type of 2 wire cable going to the jbox where the light will be mounted.

In the switch box,

tie all grounds together (leave a short pigtail if the box is plastic),

tie all the whites together,

tie the power in/power out blacks together with a short pigtail.

Hook the hot pigtail to one of the switch terminals,

hook the black going to the light to the other switch terminal,

hook the ground to the switch if applicable.
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:59 AM   #5
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Here's a diagram on how to use pigtails. It has more wires than your situation, but you could consider your switch/light one of the "downstream receptacles".

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