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Old 02-16-2009, 08:34 AM   #1
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hello, this is my first post, my first home, and my first closet. I would like a simple diagram to hook up a light switch and light in a closet from an outlet already in the same wall. If this is possible i would like simple directions as I am good at following directions, but bad at reading between the lines. I can send pictures. I don't have alot of time so if there is no simple clear cut solution I will have to find another.

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Closets have strict clearance requirements from storage areas and also the allowable fixture types. Incandescant fixtures need 12" clearence from the front edge of the shelf, fluorescents need 6". Ex, your shelf is 12" deep, the fixture edge would need to be at least 24" from the back wall to give youe the required 12" clearence.

Bare bulb incandescents are not allowed.
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thanks, but well, i wasn't exactly asking for the code. Was wondering if I can use the existing wiring to an outlet to create a switch and light fixture simply and quickly.

ps. don't codes vary from place to place?
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Assuming your place is wired in romex, your existing outlet will have a black and white wire (or a set of blacks and whites) and a bare ground wire.

Your new light will have black and white leads. For instructive purposes, the current runs thru the black lead, into the light bulb, thru the filiment and out the white.

From the existing outlet, you need to run a 2 wire cable, the same size as the existing (12 or 14 gauge), to a switch box and from there to a light box. The boxes will be single gang plastic "cut in" or "old work" boxes. They grip the drywall with built in fasteners.

In the existing outlet box, color to color, bare to bare.

In the switch box, connect white to white, bare to bare. Both blacks go to the switch terminals. The switch simply connects/disconnects the black (power) part of the circuit.

At the light box, color to color, bare to bare (or green).
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thanks, but well, i wasn't exactly asking for the code. Was wondering if I can use the existing wiring to an outlet to create a switch and light fixture simply and quickly.

ps. don't codes vary from place to place?



Before someone told you how to install the wiring it would be prudent to know if you even are allowed to install the light.

There are local amemdments to the code, but it is called the national electrical code. Some areas adopt the latest editions at different times.
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It is safe to say that the bulk of the jurisdictions in the USA use the NEC code for electrical, and/or the IRC, which mirrors the NEC's requirements.
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Is it still allowed to have a bare bulb light?
Or is there just a distance requirement?
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