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Converting a Light Switch into an Outlet

Can You Make a Light Switch into a Outlet? How to Wire a Light Switch to Become an Outlet.


Light Switch to Outlet

Electrical Question: Can You Make a Light Switch into a Outlet?

This electrical wiring question came from: Walter, a Homeowner in the USA.

Additional Comments: This website is very helpful, it helped me when I was remodeling some of my house.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Walter .

How to Wire a Light Switch to Become an Outlet

Application: Covert the Wiring of a Switch to be an Outlet.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

Converting a Light Switch to be an Outlet

IMPORTANT: Make sure to read the following information because converting a light switch into an outlet requires specific electrical wiring which is best verified using a voltage tester.

The Following will assist you with your Light Switch Conversion
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One Response to “Converting a Light Switch into an Outlet”
  1. Marty says:

    I want to convert a light switch to a switch with an outlet.
    The switch currently controls two lights in the bathroom.
    Guy at Ace hardware showed me a switch with an outlet and said to wire identical to the original and break of the little tab. This will keep the outlet always hot and the original lights on the switch.
    Is it as easy as that ?

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