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You have both a mechanical and electrical issue. From a mechanical standpoint you need the switch mounted securely in the fixture. The switch will have two black wires or two terminals. You need to insert the switch in series with the black wire going to the fixture. Let's say that the black wire from a supply is connected to the black wire in the fixture with a wirenut. Undo the two wires and connect each wire to a wire on the switch.

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Q: How do you install a pull chain switch in a fluorescent light fixture?
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How do you wire in a pull chain switch in a bathroom light fixture?

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How do you wire a pull switch on a hard wire ceiling light that has no switch?

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Can a pull chain light switch be converted to wall switch?

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Can you turn on a pull chain light with a remote switch?

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Can a wall switch be converted to a pull chain light?

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How woul a fluorescent light fixture that is set up with no pull chain one end there is a ballast with 2 wires a blue and red the other has 2 wires attached to bulbs where and how would you attach the?

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