Electrician Training Electrical Certification
wiring recessed light fixtures Electrical Wiring Electrical Troubleshooting and Electrical Repairs wire outdoor light fixture Home Electrical Wiring Diagrams
wiring home generator and transfer switch wiring a 220 volt range cord outlet Wiring for GFCI Outlets Wiring Outlets and a Switched Outlet Wiring and Installing Ceiling Fans and Remote Controls wire dimmer switch wiring diagrams for switches wiring a dryer cord and 220 outlet circuit breaker panel
Electrical Wire and Cable

Wiring a Bathroom GFI Outlet and Light Switch

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Electrical Wiring for a Bathroom GFI Outlet with a Light Switch: Wiring Diagrams for GFI Outlets

Bathroom GFI Outlet Wiring with a Light Switch

Electrical Question: I’m trying to wire a GFI outlet in my bathroom then install a piggy back or double switch for two light switches with no success. I have power to the GFI outlet and power to the first switch but the light will not work. What am I doing wrong?

This electrical question came from: Bob, a Homeowner from Woodbine, Georgia.

Dave’s Reply:

Thanks for your electrical question Bob.

Electrical Wiring for a Bathroom GFI Outlet with a Light Switch

More about wiring outlets

Electric outlet wiring

Wiring Electrical Outlet for the Home

GFCI Outlet Wiring
Wiring Diagrams for  GFI Outlets

The features and benefits of GFCI outlets and receptacles will give you a clear understanding of the importance why these safety devices are required by electrical code to help protect you and your family against accidental electrical shock hazards.

For more information about Light Switch Wiring
Light Switch Wiring
Light Switch Wiring

Wiring a Light Switch – Wiring Diagrams

Fully explained pictures and wiring diagrams about wiring light switches describing the most common switches starting with photo wiring diagram.

Learn How to Wire it Right with my
Complete Guide to Home Electrical Wiring
Perfect for Homeowners, Students,
Handyman, Handywomen, and Electricians
Wiring GFCI Outlets
Wiring Home Electrical Circuits
120 Volt and 240 Volt Outlet Circuits
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Electric Range
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Dryer Cord and Dryer Outlet
How to Troubleshoot and Repair Electrical Wiring
Wiring Methods for Upgrading Electrical Wiring
Electrical Codes for Home Electrical Wiring
....and much more.

» Click here to learn more about Home Electrical Wiring «
  repair electrical wiring  

MORE ABOUT THIS TOPIC: Bathroom GFI Outlet, Electrical

Click the banner to Ask an Electrical Question:
electrical question

FAQs Frequently Asked Questions and Comments

4 Responses to “Wiring a Bathroom GFI Outlet and Light Switch”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Rhonald,
    To provide GFCI protection for the outlet on the light fixture be sure that the supply circuit has GFCI protection. This is typically accomplished when there is a GFCI outlet in the bathroom which provides power to the light fixture, or the circuit breaker which supplies power is a GFCI circuit breaker.

  2. rhonald says:

    I’m currently updating a small bathroom in my home and the bathroom light also has an outlet which is also connected to the switch. How do I convert that to a GFI while also replacing the light fixture to a bath fan/light combo? Thank you.

  3. tr says:

    How do you wire a new GFI from start with a light switch? I have a GFI, a light fixture and a light switch. There is a main feed from breaker box a wire for light and a switch to add. How do I make a complete circuit.

  4. Russ says:

    I need to install a GFCI to a double light switch that switches a light and a disposal