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Wiring Door jamb switch

I installed a Gardner Bender GSW-SK jamb mounted switch in pantry door so light will come on when door is opened. The existing light fixture is a pull-chain type. Two black wires coming into the junction box are wire-nutted together with a pigtail coming from it to a set screw on the light fixture. Two white wires coming into the junction box are also wire-nutted together with a pigtail coming out to the other set screw on the fixture. Where do I connect the two wires coming from the jamb-mounted switch?

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  • jfrench_tx Jun 16, 2009

    To clarify, I have 2 sets of wiring coming into the j-box from one side and 1 set of wiring coming into the j-box from the other side. The 3 white wires are wire-nutted together with a pigtail going to the silver terminal. The 3 black wires are wire-nutted together with a pigtail going to the bronze terminal. Then I have my 1 set of wiring coming into the j-box from the door jamb switch. I did disconnect the white wires from each other and tried different combinations of connections that involved connecting one of the switch wires to one white wire and the other switch wire to 2 white wires with no success. Now what?

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I'm going to guide you on how to create what is known as a "switch leg".
1- run a 12-2 w/ground wire to the light fixture from new switch.
2- connect black wire "hot wire" to the shiny bronze tinted terminal on switch.
3- connect the white wire " neutral " to the silver connection on switch.
4- connect the naked copper wire " ground " to the ground terminal on switch
5- Disconnect the two white wires in the junction box from each other.
6- Connect the ground to ground in j-box
7- Connect the black to one of the whites in j-box
8- connect the white to the other white in j-box
9- wire nut and tape all connections
Oh and be sure that you turn off the breaker before you start. Hope this helps. Good luck.

Posted on Jun 15, 2009

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    Chris Jones Jun 16, 2009

    ok then separate the wire that is coming from the fixture from the other white wires and it will go to one side of the switch and the cluster of white wires will go to the other side. that will complete the circuit when the door is opened.

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