I have a chain pull light fixture that also feeds two outlets. How can I add a switch to the light without shutting off the outlets when the light is off.

  • I don't think you can. You'd have to separate the light fixture from the 2 outlets Jan 28 '19 at 0:31
  • Are the outlets downstream from the light, or just on the same circuit?
    – Jeff Cates
    Jan 28 '19 at 0:42
  • @jeffcates my guess is he's talking about something like this: i.imgur.com/5UsfIoe.jpg Jan 28 '19 at 0:50
  • If so, then no way to sepersate them. But he says 2 outets, are they 2 or 2 sets? Singe deplex (2) or 2 duplex sets (4). More info and a drawing!
    – Jeff Cates
    Jan 28 '19 at 0:52
  • I went to hook up the wire from the switch to the light and saw two other wires that went into the box also and they led to the wall and I believe they belong to two plugs.
    – Fasia
    Jan 28 '19 at 0:56

Yes, it can be done easily by pigtailing wires inside the junction box under the light; one part is 'unswitched', wires coming from the source go into the box and split into two sub-branches; one goes through the box and continue on to the plugs, while the other half splits to branch off to the new wall switch, a "switch loop", and then back up to power the light.

  • Are you able to make a sketch for me
    – Fasia
    Feb 2 '19 at 12:17
  • I wouldn't know how to post a sketch, but I can try describing the circuit in detail, if you'd like. Feb 3 '19 at 20:06
  • The branch circuit supplying power to the light should be split into two directions; one branch going to poer the new light switch and the other branch going directly to the plugs. Watch out for box fill though. You may need to add an extension box onto the existing ceiling junction box to make enough room for the extra wires and wire nuts (marrettes). Feb 3 '19 at 20:15
  • I do not understand the jargon. I purchased Romex 14 with white, black and ground wires. Please describe as white, black and ground from the circuit box to the light fixture and plug wires.
    – Fasia
    Feb 5 '19 at 13:16
  • And also to the switch.
    – Fasia
    Feb 5 '19 at 13:17

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