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How can you install a pull chain or other on-off switch on a hardwired fixture to replace a wall light fixture that has not wall switch?


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2013-02-24 04:27:06
2013-02-24 04:27:06

The device that holds a light bulb is called a keyed lampholder or a pull chain lampholder. These have the switch built into the base of the holder and have switch that looks like a key or a pull chain to operate the switch. Wire the continuous "hot' wire to the brass screw on the lamp holder (the other side of the switch is attached to the light socket at the factory). The neutral white wire will go onto the silver screw terminal.

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There also pull-chain and other "canopy" switches that you could, in theory, install in an existing light fixture. However, it would almost certainly violate any UL or other safety listing on that fixture, perhaps causing problems with your inspector or insurance.

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You have both a mechanical and electrical issue. From a mechanical standpoint you need the switch mounted securely in the fixture. The switch will have two black wires or two terminals. You need to insert the switch in series with the black wire going to the fixture. Let's say that the black wire from a supply is connected to the black wire in the fixture with a wirenut. Undo the two wires and connect each wire to a wire on the switch.

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To install a new fixture to replace the one that was removed reconnect the two hot wires together and then reconnect the two neutral wires together. Place the two wires from the new fixture to the corresponding wire colours that you just spliced together. This wiring should be down stream from the light switch. When the switch is turned on the new fixture should light. If this is not the scenario of your question then more information needs to be given.

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The most likely cause is a fault in the switch. Replace the switch and the problem will most likely disappear.

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A three way switch can be used as a single switch. Replacing this switch will not allow you to switch a fixture from two locations unless there is a three wire cable going to the second box.


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