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To add a switch you need to run new wire to the fixture you wish to switch. For more information please click on the link shown below to the Related Question "How do you wire a new light with an on-off switch using wires coming from an outlet?"

Go to your local home improvement centre and buy a book. It will teach you how to do it legally and will serve as a handy reference during the job.

Finally, it must be said: Do It Right Or Don't Do It At All. If you are negligent you could easily kill someone through fire or electrocution. If you read and do your homework and learn what is required you may find that small electrical repairs can be quick and easy.

If you can't understand what you need to do, hire an electrician. The cost of a professional is much less than the value of the time you will waste and the danger you will put yourself in if you don't understand what you are doing.

As always, if you are in doubt about what to do, the best advice anyone should give you is to call a licensed electrician to advise what work is needed.

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