If I would like to turn off a light on Shabbat can I ask a non-Jew to turn off the light since it's a shvut deshvut?

(ie- electricity is a derabanan and amira lnochri is also shvut)

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    Shvut d’shvut is not generally permitted, absent a significant need or for mitzvah purposes.
    – Joel K
    Apr 23, 2019 at 7:02

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In Rabbi Ribiat's "39 Melachos Book" (vol 1, pg 64)--cited in this Halachapedia.com footnote-- he rules that "one may not ask a non-Jew to shut the lights."

As usual with these type of things, best bet would be to CYLOR


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