I have a 4 season room with a new light. I ran a wire from this light to a 2-gang box in the room, and ran a romex wire from this new box to an existing box in the kitchen (they are on the opposite sides of the same wall), and I'm trying to power the new light switch off existing power coming into the kitchen box.

I am using Legrand Adorne paddle switches, and wonder if I can use the switch in my diagram. On the current switch, A1 is connected to HOT and B1 is connected to 1-POLE. I originally tried to follow this diagram but it did not work as expected. Thanks in advance!

Wiring photo

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    I was asked to open a new question for a follow-on question I had, about powering a new light off an existing feed, not in a 3 way configuration. I don't believe it is a duplicate of my previous question. Thanks.
    – Vincent
    Aug 2, 2019 at 17:36
  • Aha! It wasn't so obvious to me. Aug 2, 2019 at 17:37

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Stop. You can't just grab any old wire.

You need two specific wires: (always) hot, and neutral. And they need to come from the same cable. This point is very important for not setting up a current loop, causing wire vibration, eddy current heating, and arc failures.

Now, switches which have a white wire are no help. Normal switches don't take neutral, so when you see a white wire going to a plain switch, that wire is not neutral (and should have been marked, but the installer shortcutted as usual). So the cables going to those switches can be disregarded.

I see two switches with no white wires, and that means they probably have a real neutral somewhere in the box. You should see a wire-nutted bundle of all-white wires. So you need to find that bundle, and follow those whites back to their cables. Among the other wires in one of those cables, you should be able to find an always-hot. If not, you're out of luck, and will have to tap somewhere else.

  • 100% agree, a meter will be a better way to test than a non contact probe in this case.
    – Ed Beal
    Aug 2, 2019 at 19:00
  • Ok, as you can see I've got two other switches without neutrals going to the switch, they are going to a bundle as you described. Hopefully one is always hot so I will check it out and report back.
    – Vincent
    Aug 3, 2019 at 4:08

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