01:52PM | 03/09/04
Member Since: 03/08/04
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I have a simple switch question, but I can't find any info on this simple switch.

I want to add a new overhead light.

I have an outlet in the wall. I assume I want to pull power from that outlet to the switch and then to the light. How is this done?

I thought I was correct when I did the following:

I hooked W/B wires into the outlet screws that were vacant.

I basically bypassed the switch with the white wire and ran the White wire to the light without any interruptions.

I ran the black wire to the botton screw in the switch. Then I ran another black wire from the top screw in the switch to the light. Where did I go wrong? Please help.


05:13PM | 03/09/04
Member Since: 02/21/04
138 lifetime posts
Well it sounds like you did ok. Did you turn the power back on> is the receptacle working? Is the bulb good? Is there a switch om the fixture? Is it on? Start with these first and get back to us.


02:49AM | 03/10/04
Member Since: 03/08/04
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Did you turn the power back on? YES

is the receptacle working? YES

Is the bulb good? YES

Is there a switch on the fixture? NO

Is it on? N/A


05:20AM | 03/10/04
Member Since: 02/21/04
138 lifetime posts
Do you have an electrical tester? A meter, voltage tester or just a simple neon tester? Check to see if you have power to the switch, check from the feed side screw to the neutral and or the ground.then check to see if you have power on the load side, with the switch on. Theen check if there is power at the screws on the lamp. You may have a defective switch and or a defective fixture.
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