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Old 09-05-2008, 04:48 PM   #1
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I currently have a flush mount ceiling light that has two sockets with bulbs in it. It is currently wired to a wall switch (which I will leave in place as it runs another light at the other end of the ceiling).
I need the ability to be able to turn off this light only and would like to instal a pull chain switch. The wiring is two black and ywo white coming from the sockets attached to one black power wire and one white wire. The ground is also connected. Both bulbs are 60 w max.

What kind of switch do I need to operate both bulbs and how is it wired into the light fixture. I assume the one black power wire connects to one of the pull chain switch wires and then the two socket wires connect to the other switch black wire, connecting the power circuit thru the switch.......

Please let me know if this is correct or not or if it can even be done.

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Old 09-06-2008, 12:30 AM   #2
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...I assume the one black power wire connects to one of the pull chain switch wires and then the two socket wires connect to the other switch black wire, connecting the power circuit thru the switch.......

Please let me know if this is correct or not or if it can even be done.

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This would be correct. You switch the 'hot' wire. The switch would have to have a minimum rating for the circuit it is being connected to. In your scenario, it's rating would have to be at least 125V-5A I believe.

I would consider looking into a new fixture that already has a pull switch...maybe a ceiling fan/light combo.

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