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If your light is not working try removing it and connecting a pig tail socket and lamp. Connect the black wire to the black and the white to the white. Then try the switch. If the light dosn't turn on then you need to replace switch. You need to turn off the breaker or remove the fuse powering that switch first. remove the wires from switch, and put wires back at the same screws on the new switch.

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Test each light separately.
Black Hot wire arrives at one screw on the switch. The Hot black wire going to Lights connects to other screw on the switch.
The White Neutral that completes the circuit to lights is connected with other white wires that are covered with wire nut pushed to back of box.
Open up light#1, and the Hot and Neutral arrive from switch box.
The Hot and Neutral going to lights#2-6 are also located inside light#1 box.
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Disconnect Hot and Neutral going to lights#2-6, so switch is only turning on light#1.
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What is the deal with the two permanent black wires that are both on the white half and switch half? The wiring diagram supplied does not address this.


You are installing switch plug combo with GFCI
Device has 4 screw terminals and 2 wires.
Look at markings on back of device to determine Line and Load screws.

If you are working inside junction box, there are 3 cables for example. Each cable has black and white wires. Cable1 comes from breaker box with Line wires, cable2 goes to light fixture, cable3 goes to next switch or receptacle box in the circuit.

Cable1 Line wires come from circuit breaker: Black wire connects to brass Line screw, White to silver Line screw.
Cable2 wires to light fixture connect to wires sticking out of device and are controlled by light switch.
Cable3 wires connect to Load screws. Black wire connects to brass Load screw, White to silver Load screw. This will put GFCI protection on circuit from that point forward. If you do not want that protection, then connect cable3 on same screws as cable1.

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I want to install a light in my garage i have a live source but how do i connect it to the light and wall switch


My first response would be to seek help from an electrician or someone qualified to perform this work.
If you are going to attempt it, you will need the following items:
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Disconnect power at breaker to your source.
From your source,
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As I understand it you have a live circuit going to a light fixture that had a switch built into it. You have removed the fixture and now you want to run this wire to another location and install a switch in the circuit.

You will be extinding these two wires (white and black + ground) to the new location. No problem ... Somewhere between where you start and where you finish, you will break the black wire and install a single pole switch. All connecctions must happen inside a electrical box.

So, install the new wire in the box where you will start your extension. Run to the new switch box. You dont even have to cut the white wire. You will wrap the green or ground around the ground screw on the switch, Cut the black wire . put one end under one side screw, put the other end under the other side screw. From this box run your wire to the next box where you will install your fixture.

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