I have power coming into a light fixture and down to the switch. I want to add a double gang to put in a second switch that would turn an outlet on/off in the bedroom. What is the proper way to take the power coming into the first switch and run it to the new switch for the outlets?


You just need to pig tail with wire nuts inside the double gang box. You will be pig-tailing one hot one and one ground to each switch. Your neutral does not get tied in with the switch. Just wire nut all the neutrals together

  • Ok thanks. I didn't know if anything would be different since the power was coming from the fixture.
    – junta
    Mar 14 '18 at 15:18
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    This works if the existing switch is relatively new so that there is neutral in the switch box. But traditionally a switch loop would not have a neutral - meaning just hot (bypassing the fixture), switched hot (going to the fixture) and ground. If you have neutral then you connect the neutrals (old unused from fixture + new fixture - not connecting to switches unless they are smart/timer/etc.) and everything is great. But if you don't have neutral then this can't be done without running a neutral wire from the fixture to the switch box. May 15 '19 at 14:24

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