Installing a Combination Switch Outlet
|By Dave Rongey - Summary:
How Can I install a Combo Switch and Outlet? Wiring a Combination Switch, Combo 3Way Switch Wiring, Switches and White Wires.
Wiring a Combination Switch Outlet
- I have a new Leviton Decora 5645-A combination 3-way switch and grounding receptacle that I want to install at the end of the line.
- One light is located in the middle and the power is coming into the 3-way switch at beginning of line.
- A 3 wire cable is installed between the twp three way switches and a light, 2 wire power in.
- How do I get continues power to the receptacle at the end of the line and still have 3-way switch?
This electrical wiring question came from: Dan, from Rochester, New York.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Dan.
How to Wire a Leviton Combination Switch 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 install electrical circuit wiring.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
- Wiring a Combination Switch
A combination switch outlet may not be installed at the location where it is the end of the three way switch wiring because there is no neutral wire present.
- Combo 3Way Switch Wiring
The combination switch outlet may be installed at the beginning of the three way switch location where the hot, neutral and ground wires are available.
- Switches and White Wires
You must keep in mind that switching does not involve a neutral wire, and just because a White Wire is present and used for switching does not mean that the white wire is a neutral wire, but in fact is most likely a white wire that is being used to as a switched power leg.
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