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Answered 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.

See related link below for some examples.

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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