I'm converting part of an unfinished space to make a darkroom. I'm installing a bathroom ventilation fan over the sink but there is no convenient place to install a switch for the fan. I purchased a pull-chain switch and would like to install this in the ceiling next to the fan, as a pull-chain dangling above the sink would be a far more convenient way to turn the fan on and off. I'm just not sure if this will be safe electrically. Are there any issues I need to consider?

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The switch must be in a listed and labeled enclosure, or the switch itself must have a built-in enclosure. The switch should also be rated for the voltage, and current, to which it will be subjected.

You'll also want to make sure the switch is attached in such a way, that normal use will not rip it from the enclosure. Pull chains can be subjected to a lot of abuse.

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    In other words attach to the joist not just the drywall. Jan 23, 2015 at 20:13

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