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If the question is, can I wire a switch to an existing light fixture (and I must assume that it's something like a pull-chain light fixture), the answer is yes.

If the question is, "how do I wire a switch to an existing light fixture that has no external switch", the answer is, "in series".

The attached web site gives simple instructions on how to wire a basic light switch to an existing light.

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Q: Can you connect a wall switch and a light fixture to an existing light fixture?
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