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Old 10-09-2008, 08:57 PM   #1
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Looking to wire a light thats controlled by a single 2 way switch

there are 2 sleeves in the box each with a black (hot) and white (neutral)

How do I connect my light fixture and be able switch it on and off

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Looking to wire a light thats controlled by a single 2 way switch

there are 2 sleeves in the box each with a black (hot) and white (neutral)

How do I connect my light fixture and be able switch it on and off

thanks
By two way, do you mean on and off? A normal switch, in other words? It most likely is white to white, and the blacks to the switch.

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Old 10-10-2008, 03:54 PM   #3
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Is there another ceiling box/fixture?

If not, pull out the switch and see if it has one "sleeve" with a black and white wire going to it. (This is a single pole switch by the way. No such thing as a 2 way)

If that's the case you need a tester to identify the power at the light box.

One of the "sleeves" (cables) will test 120 volts betewwn black and white. That is your power. The other cable (w/ black and white) goes to the switch.

Attach black power to white going to switch.

The remaining black and white go to the black and white of your fixture.


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220, I am by no means an electrician, I try not to answer in here because of that, your post is somewhat confusing, maybe its just me, but could you please clarify the connections, something seems not right, and by no means, nothing personal here, only for safety, thanks
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The OP was a little hard to interpet but I thought he refered to the sleeves as the cable sheath meaning there were 2, 2 wire cables in the box.

If he meant there were only 2 wires in the box, I think he could have figured out how to wire a simple fixture.





The only time you go black to white is in a switch loop or, as we refer to them here, a suicide switch.

In residential applications, a standard approved practice is to run a 2 wire cable from the light box (which also cantains the "hot" cable) to the switch.

In this case the white wire is is used to bring power to the switch. The black wire is used to send power back to the light fixture. The neutral is already there in the light jbox (in the same cable as the hot)

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220, thanks for your patience in explaining, I appreciate your time and knowledge. Not a knock on the other trades but the electrical can pack a punch.

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