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I currently have a switch and light fixture with the power

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hello, I currently have a switch and light fixture with the power to the fixture. The white wire is hot at the switch and both black and white are connected to the single pole switch. I would like to add a light to a nearby closet and use a double switch rather than ganging up an additional switch. I may not have room for two. How would that double switch get wired?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Mike G. replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I'm Mike G and I'll be glad to assist you. Unfortunately you won't be able to originate a new light from that opening. There is no neutral available. The white wire was used for a hot wire.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
can I gang up a second switch and take power from the hot (white) wire?
Expert:  Mike G. replied 1 year ago.

Yes you can but you need a neutral for the light to work.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
how would that diagram look like, sounds a little complicated
Expert:  Mike G. replied 1 year ago.

The white wire would terminate on the black screws and the existing black wire and a new black wire on the gold screws of a switch over switch. But you still need a neutral.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK it sounds a little beyond my competency. May try to get power from a near by receptacle instead. Thanks
Expert:  Mike G. replied 1 year ago.

That would be best. You're welcome.

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