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Wiring For A Light Switch and Outlet


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Wiring a Switch for a Light and Outlet: Plan your wiring accordingly so you can make all these connections. Two examples have to do with ceiling fans, but the same applies to any regular light fixture.

Wiring a Switch with an Outlet

Electrical Question: Is it possible to wire a switch for a light and at the same time connect an outlet to the switch that will not power off and on with the switch?

This electrical wiring question came from: Mike, a Handyman from Fort Dodge, Iowa.

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

Switch and Outlet Wiring

Application: Wiring a Switch and Outlet.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best Installed by a Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician.
Tools Required: Specific to the scope of the work and the condition of the home and project. Electricians Tools, including Pouch of Hand Tools, Power Tools, Drill motor and Auger Drill Bits and Extension Cords, and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install electrical wiring.
Precaution: Identify the circuit power source at the panel, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before installing wiring or working or making connections.
Notice: Installing additional outlet wiring should be done through the local building authority, according to applicable local and national electrical codes, with a permit, and have required inspections

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2 Responses to “Wiring For A Light Switch and Outlet”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Brian,
    When the wiring connections are made properly there is always the possibility for the wiring in a switch box to provide power for a light switch while providing power to outlets on the same circuit. You just need to keep track of the wire designations and make the spliced connections to support the devices you are connecting to.
    I hope this helps,
    Dave

  2. Brian says:

    Hi, I’m not sure but here’s what I have:
    The project is new construction, where I ran one wire, Romex with black and white to two separate outlets. The wire runs continuous, then I made the end of the run for a ceiling light. The ceiling and walls are done. My question is can I install a switch for the overhead light near where the wire goes into breaker box, and keep the two outlets always hot?