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I was planning on putting at least 4 recessed lighting fixtures in my room which is in the second floor that is attic accessible. I have a switch going to an outlet that works but I want to run the electric to the 4 lights with a dimmer AND have it work on that outlet still . Is it possible?
 

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Anythings possible given enough time and $...

So the switch now switches the outlet?

You don't ever want to have a dimmer on an outlet.

so, you could replace the existing box with a duplex (double box) or install a new box for the dimmer in a convenient location.
 

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No no no. I want to replace my existing switch on my wall with a dimmer and wire it to 4 recessed lights in my ceiling. But currently, the switch it wired to an outlet about 2 feet away from it. I'm asking if I could rewire that switch to the recessed light fixtures and still keep the outlet running with electricity.
 

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Ahhh, Gotcha!

No problem.

If the power is already in the switch box and you can get a wire from there to the attic (sounds like you can) then you are all set.

If the power originates at the receptacle (likely) then you would rewire the switch loop to bring power to the switch box. Again, easy to do.
 

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No no no. I want to replace my existing switch on my wall with a dimmer and wire it to 4 recessed lights in my ceiling. But currently, the switch it wired to an outlet about 2 feet away from it. I'm asking if I could rewire that switch to the recessed light fixtures and still keep the outlet running with electricity.
You want to use the switch box you have currently with a dimmer switch to controls your lights and the outlet to remain hot without the switch?
The odds are that the power is at the outlet and you have a switch loop.( just a blk and wht in the switch box).
 

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From: Ken Depue - [email protected]
How many times have you needed to run a very small drill bit through a wall, ceiling, or floor in order to see where to drill a hole from the other side, but your small diameter drill bits aren't long enough? Take a wire coat hanger, and clip the straight bottom off of it. Cut it to the desired length by cutting one end at a 45-degree angle. Take your time drilling, and you'll find that this 'probe' will eventually drill through most building materials except masonry. The wires used to hang drop ceilings work pretty well for this, too, as long as they're straight, so pick up their scraps.

If you have any Tricks of the Trade you would like to add or if you have any comments please feel free to Email E.T.E..
Tricks of the trade

Drill up where the wall meets the ceiling, go up in the attic and find the coathanger, then just drill over 2" and you should be in the center of the top plate. usually you can see the nails where the vertical studs are attached so you know where the joist bays are.

Thought this might help.
 

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I was planning on putting at least 4 recessed lighting fixtures in my room which is in the second floor that is attic accessible. I have a switch going to an outlet that works but I want to run the electric to the 4 lights with a dimmer AND have it work on that outlet still . Is it possible?
Here are 3 diagrams in which the receptacle is always HOT and the switch controls the light/lights.
Anywhere you see a fan...imagine that is only the lite fixture. Your situation will be determined by where your power originates at.

I do not show ground wires for ease of drawing.

Does power originate at the outlet location? Diagram #1.

Does power originate at the switch location? Diagram #2.

Does power originate at the light location? Diagram #3.
 

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Check the circuit breaker that controls this circuit and see if it is a 15 or 20 amp.
 
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You asked what wire size you needed.

If it is a 20 amp circuit you have to use 12 gauge.

If 15 amp, you can use less expensive 14 gauge.
 

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The first thing to do is to open the switch box, gently pull out the switch, leaving all wires attached and see what is coming into the switch box.

It could be 1, 2, or 3 romex, each with a black wire, white wire, and bare ground unless your house is old, and you don't have a ground. How old is the house?

The best would be to do the above and post some pictures and we'll go from there.
 
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