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Old 05-25-2008, 10:51 AM   #1
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wiring in a light fixture to an existing outlet


I'd like to hard wire in a new over head light fixture. It's directly above an outlet thats partially controlled by a switch, I'd like to tie in there but I spotted that mysterious red wire, and I'm not sure how to deal with it.

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Find the wire that supplys the receptacle and use that for the switch hot. Then run the switch leg and a neutral to the ceiling box. Leave the red wire alone unless it feeds the recptacle.

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If I gotcha right your talking about adding another switch in for the new light . Actually the switch that runs half of the outlet now is in a convenient place to run the light fixture. I would like to simply run a length of romex down from the new box, and tie into that half of the outlet if its possible?
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You can do that, jusr remeber to bus the whites and switch the black wire.
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Old 05-26-2008, 08:35 AM   #5
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Take a lamp, plug it into the existing outlet and see which wire is controlled by the switch. It will either be the black or the red wire. The other wire (not the switch controlled one) will be the constant hot that you will use to feed the receptacle. Run some 14/2 from the outlet to your light. Disconnect the switch controlled wire (switchleg) from the outlet and splice it into the black that you ran up to the new box you're gonna use for your light. Splice the white into the white in the outlet box. Don't forget to connect the constant hot to the screw terminal you removed the switch leg from on the receptacle. Splice all the bare grounds together. Now your switch will control the light and both sides of the outlet will be constantly hot.
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Do you want the switch which controls the receptacle to control the new light? Do you want the switch also to continue to control the receptacle? Let us know and we can advise you how to wire things.
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John , its not imprtant whether or not the outlet is still controlled by the switch (either way is ok with me)but I'd like the simplest way to wire in the light fixture and have it controlled by the switch
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John , its not imprtant whether or not the outlet is still controlled by the switch (either way is ok with me)but I'd like the simplest way to wire in the light fixture and have it controlled by the switch
OK. Then to condense what the others have said so far. Plug a light into the receptacle and find out which wire red or black is controlled by the switch. Usually it is the red, but check. Then turn off the circuit. Connect the new black from the new fixture to the red (or whichever is switched) along with a short 6" piece of wire. Connect that short wire to the receptacle where it came from on the receptacle. Do the same with the white wire. Do the same with the bare wire. Your new light will now be controlled by the switch.
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thanks I'll TRY IT

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