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Electrical Wiring for a Switch Outlet Combination

How is a combo outlet and switch wired? Wiring a Electrical Outlet and Switch Combo Device.


Electric Outlet and Switch Combo

Electrical Question: How is a combo outlet and switch wired?

I’m wiring a switch outlet combination. No matter what I do I can not get the lights and outlets to work at the same time. Maybe you know what to do and can help.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Zachary.
Background: Zachary, a Handyman from Burlington, New Jersey.

Wiring a Electrical Outlet and Switch Combo Device

Application: Wiring a Switched Outlet.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of outlets that will be replaced.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional outlet wiring should be done with a permit and be inspected.

How to Wire a Outlet and Switch Combo

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  1. Brian Foose says:

    I wish to wire a combination switch outlet where the switch only controls the outlet. No other circuits will be used. I wish to have a device plugged into the outlet, but controlled by the swtich.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Brian,
      The incoming power source would enter to the switch brass terminal screw without a bridge, the neutral wire would connect to the silver terminal. When the switch is turned ON the outlet will have power. The ground wire connected as typical. Turn the circuit OFF before wiring.
      Enjoy!
      Dave

  2. Roger Milam says:

    I am trying to replace a light switch with a new receptacle so the switch controls a light and powers a 120volt outlet on bottom. Currently, two single switches are in double box.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Roger,
      Wiring a Combo Switch Outlet
      The circuit wiring in the switch box must include a neutral wire which is necessary for the 120volt outlet to work. The neutral wire is then extended using a pigtail wire to the silver screw terminal of the outlet of the combo switch outlet. The circuit power source supplied to the original light switch is shared for both the light switch and the outlet, and is attached to the brass screw terminal(s) of the combo switch outlet. The power wire leading out to the light is connected to the remaining brass screw terminal of the switch located on the opposite side of the circuit power screw terminal.
      Enjoy your combo switch outlet,
      Dave

  3. Kyle says:

    I’m trying to wire a switched outlet with 2 outlets total in the circuit off an existing outlet.

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