How to Wire a Pull Switch

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Pull switches are commonly integrated into ceiling light fixtures. In this way, you don't need to have a wall switch connected to the light in order to turn the ceiling light off and on. Wiring of a pull switch is accomplished by wiring the light fixture itself, which is a straight-forward job that only requires basic tools and a little bit of time.

Things You'll Need

  • Wire cutters
  • Ceiling light fixture with a pull switch
  • Wire nuts
  • Screwdriver
  • Turn off the power going to the wire you'll be connecting to the pull switch at your home's circuit breaker box.

  • Remove 1 inch of insulation at the end of the wire that will be connected to the pull switch with your wire strippers. Separate the leads so you can handle each one separately. Match the white wire of your wiring to the white wire of the pull switch. Hold the bare ends together and then slide them into a wire nut. Twist the wire nut to the right to secure the two wires together.

  • Match the white wire of your wiring to the white wire of the pull switch. Hold the bare ends together and then slide them into a wire nut. Twist the wire nut to the right to secure the two wires together.

  • Repeat Step 3 with the black wires of your wiring and your pull switch.

  • If your home wiring has a ground wire (a bare copper wire) attach it to the metal mounting plate of the pull switch.

  • Mount the pull switch into the electrical box in your ceiling. Turn the power back on to the circuit and test operation.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never work on a live electrical circuit. Turn off the power to the circuit at your home's breaker box.

References

  • Wiring 1-2-3; The Home Depot; 2005
  • Photo Credit NLGraphics
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