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kobra99 06-18-2007 11:18 PM

Outside light fixture
 
I want to add a light fixture in my patio on the outside wall adjacent to the kitchen. I have several wall outlets in the kitchen that can be used to splice into for making the connection. How do I proceed. I do know to turn off the electricity/power while doing this project. I have a drill to make it thru the wall to reach the outside wall, connecting the wiring from the kitchen outlet to the new light fixture outside is where I need some help/advice. Thanks.:)

send_it_all 06-19-2007 12:00 AM

Im not going to say wether it is or is not correct to splice into an outlet to power your new ligh, but if you decide to do it, you would add a 14-2 romex to the box where the receptacle is, tying black to black/ white to white/ and copper to ground. Run the other end of that new romex into a single gang cut in box that you would add as close to the patio door as possible. Then run a 2nd new romex from that new box to the new light fixture tying same colors to each other again and ground to ground. Now go back to the new box and tie the two white wires together and put a wire nut on them. Then, take the black wire of the new romex coming from the receptacle and plug it into the bottom push-in or screw of a new switch. Then, take the black wire from the new romex going up to the light, and plug it into the top push-in or screw of the new switch. Tie the two ground wires from the romexes AND a 6" piece of extra bare copper wire together and put a wire nut on them. now take the loose end of the extra bare copper wire and connect it to the green ground screw on the new switch. Then neatly tuck all this into the new box and screw the switch into the box and put a new cover plate on it. Turn the power back on, put a light bulb in the new fixture and see what happens. With a little luck, the light should come on when you flip the switch to the up position. Good luck and first check with a real electrician to make sure the circuit can handle the new light.

hbsparky 06-19-2007 12:45 AM

Hi mike...as for the OP's question, YOU CANNOT RUN A LIGHT OFF THE KITCHEN RECEPTICLE CIRCUITS, you must find a lighting circuit or some other circuit and use it,

send_it_all 06-19-2007 01:04 AM

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Originally Posted by hbsparky (Post 49596)
Hi mike...as for the OP's question, YOU CANNOT RUN A LIGHT OFF THE KITCHEN RECEPTICLE CIRCUITS, you must find a lighting circuit or some other circuit and use it,

Then I'm glad I added my disclaimers. I knew a real electrician would set me straight...how ya been Gary?

send_it_all 06-19-2007 01:08 AM

At least my instructions on how to do it wrong were clear and well written....lol

HouseHelper 06-19-2007 07:50 AM

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Originally Posted by send_it_all (Post 49598)
At least my instructions on how to do it wrong were clear and well written....lol

But they were wrong on two counts. !. You can't tap a kitchen receptacle circuit, as has been pointed out.
2. You can't assume the circuit you are tapping is a 15A circuit and that you can use 14ga wire. The wire gauge MUST match the breaker protecting the circuit.
Other than that...:yes:


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