Electrical Wiring in the Home/Remodel can project


I'm placing 8 cans in a family room, and was hoping to wire them into the existing double pole switches that currently control two outlets.

But in assessing the circuit I realize I have to tap into a different circuit (one outlet, dedicated for computer use, but no longer used for that, so an ideal circuit for the new lights).

My question is how can I put my lights on this other circuit and yet control them with the switches that control the outlets on a different circuit?  I'm happy to simply sever the switches from the outlets, which will soon be covered by built in bookcases. I haven't read anything that indicates how to do this safely.

Thanks so much.

Your Outlet has a black and white wire connected to either side of it.  The black and white wire gives the Outlet 120v  all the time.  You want to run a black and white wire from the outlet to the switch bringing 120 V to the switch-box. You then run a black and white wire to the lights you're trying to power. If you were to match all the blacks and whites up the lights would go on all the time. To control it with a switch you want to wire a switch in between the two blacks in the switch-box.  The switch simply opens and closes the connection of the two black wires turning the lights on and off.  
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