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Adding an Outlet to a Light Switch


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

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.

Please help.

This electrical wiring question came from: Andrey, a Student from Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Additional Comments:
So far it really helps! Thanks!

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Andrey.

Can Switch Wiring be used for Receptacle Outlets

How Switch Wiring Can Be Used for Receptacle Outlets

The Following will assist you with your Receptacle Outlets

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3 Responses to “Adding an Outlet to a Light Switch”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi GW,
    From what you have described the white wire in the switch box is being used for switching the power wire of the light circuit. Therefore it is not a neutral wire and it cannot be used as such. Please refer to the wiring diagrams as provided in this main article.
    I hope this helps,
    Dave

  2. GW Patton says:

    same topic as: Adding an Outlet to a Light Switch

  3. GW Patton says:

    I want to put a combo switch/outlet (Leviton 5627) in place of a single pole light switch. Everything I read says a neutral 3rd wire is required but I just have a black and a white in the box. I can get either the switch or the light to work but not both. It’s ok if the outlet is only hot when the lights are on. It seems like it should be doable but I’m straining my brain trying to figure it out.