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Old 10-02-2009, 05:56 AM   #1
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new light and switch problem please help

ok here it goes i know someoen can help me
i drew a diagram of what i have but ill explain too

i installed a hall light
i ran new electric wire from both the red and black wires of the light to a new switch that had no power in the hall beside one that does
the bare wire i attached to the base of the light

heres my problem
how do i jump power to the new switch from the first switch which controls kitchen light and celing fan

if i cannot do this i wouldnt mind having them connected on the same switch im just exhausted tryin this out

the old switch has three screws on the outside of it top right and bottom right and top left it has a black and white wire running into the back of it nothing connected to the outside terminal screws
my new light has a top right and bottom right terminal screws with nothing connected i have took all wires back off of new switch for new start
now what do i do to get this light working

here is a diagram thanks alot

could i connect black and white from new light togather and to the top of new switch and run a jumper from the bottom terminal to the bottom of the new switch? would this work or what

i have tried adding white to bottom black to top from ligth to new switch and horizontal jumpers this led to back feed
when one switch was on that light was on and bright but the other one was dim even though that switch was off and vice versa
it wont let me add pic hopefully i described it good enough
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Old 10-02-2009, 06:39 AM   #2
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The two wires from the lamp; one will be the neutral (return) and normally should be white. The second wire will be the HOT feed and normally should be black.

At the wall switch location, establish which of the existing wires are HOT and neutral.

Using a test light find which wire stays hot regardles of the switch position.

Connect one of the wires from the lamp to the neutral.
Connect the other lamp wire to one side of the new switch.
Connect a pigtail from the HOT source to the second side of the switch
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