How to Install a Wall Light Switch to a Fluorescent Fixture

Updated February 21, 2017

Fluorescent lighting fixtures can be installed in the rooms of your home, as well as in your garage to provide a source of light. These type of fixtures are typically more energy efficient than a standard incandescent bulb. Fluorescent light fixtures typically use bulbs that are 2ft or 4ft long. You can wire a fluorescent light fixture to a light switch during installation to easily turn the light on and off.

Cut the power to the room or area you are wiring the light to the switch. The easiest way to cut the power is to turn it off from the circuit box or the electrical panel.

Run the electrical wire from the switch box on the wall up to the attic or crawl space. You may need to use a guide wire to feed the wire up through the wall.

Go up to the attic and feed the electrical wire into the light fixture through the fixture's knockout hole.

Connect all of the electrical wires within the fluorescent light fixture. Make sure you connect the wires correctly by connecting white to white and black to black. Twist wire caps over the wires once they have been connected.

Connect the wires to the switch in the outlet box. Use a screwdriver to connect the white and black wires on the switch.

Turn the power back on for the room from the circuit box or the electrical panel.

Flip the light switch to the "on" position to see if the light works properly.

Secure the covers to the light fixture and to the switch, if you haven't already done so, to complete the project.


You may need to drill a small hole in the ceiling to run the electrical wire to the light fixture. Use wire cutters to remove insulation to expose the electrical wires.


Power to the room or the electrical socket should always be turned off before attempting any electrical work.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Guide wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire Caps
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Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.