Adding an Outlet to a Light Switch
How Switch Wiring Can Be Used for Receptacle Outlets – If a power source is located that does not have a ground wire then a 2-wire outlet that does not have a ground prong will need to be installed.
Light Switch Wiring and Outlet Wiring
Electrical Question: I have a single pole switch that controls a light.
- I opened it up and there is a white and black wire connected to the switch and no ground wire.
- I need to install a receptacle below it that will always be hot and will be fed through the switch.
This electrical wiring question came from: Andrey, a Student from Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Thanks for your electrical question Andrey.
Can Switch Wiring be used for Receptacle Outlets
How Switch Wiring Can Be Used for Receptacle Outlets
- Adding an grounded outlet will require a neutral wire, a hot wire, and a ground wire.
- The switch box wiring that you have described has a hot wire leading to the switch and the switched wire for the power that returns back to the light fixture, so the wiring at the light switch cannot be used for an outlet.
- Another power source will need to be located, possibly from the opposite side of the wall depending on the wall location in the home.
- If a power source is located that does not have a ground wire then a 2-wire outlet that does not have a ground prong will need to be installed.
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