Wiring a Single Pole Switch
Question: Your example shows 2 wire Romex but most Romex I have seen has three wires one white-one black and an un-shrouded copper ground wire. What is the correct connection for this ground wire?
Answer: As explained in this page above: These Type-NM cables contain a ground conductor which is required for all applications as well. The ground conductors are always bonded together to insure the integrity of the ground path.
More about Wiring Switches
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- I just put up a new light fixture. The light switch was off, I put the new bulb in and light was on…
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Questions about Wiring Switches
How is the Wiring for a New Light Switch and Fixture added to an Existing Switch?
- I have an existing light switch, and I want to add a second switch for a new light that will be operated separately. The power comes into the switch which operates a single light at the end of the circuit. I know I have to change the gang box and I’m fine with running cable and installing plates but I’m not clear on the best way to add the wiring. Is there a simple way to do this or should I get an electrician?
This electrical wiring question came from John in Lexington, Kentucky.
Adding a Light Switch and Fixture to an Existing Switch
- The task of installing additional wiring for a light switch and new light fixture will depend on available access to the proposed location. Hiring a qualified electrician will ensure that the installation is performed correctly where the existing circuit wires will be identified, and new circuit wiring will be extended to the new light switch and then out to the new light fixture. The method used to install the new wiring will depend on the wall structure and location in the home. Special attention will be given to the existing circuit capacity, the wire type and size, as well as making sure the additional wiring is protected and installed according to all the electrical codes that will apply.