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Adding an Outlet to a Light Switch

Andrey in Massachusetts asks; How Switch Wiring Can Be Used for Receptacle Outlets?

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Electrical Question: I have a single pole switch that controls a light.

I opened it up and there is a white and black wire connected to the switch and no ground wire. I need to install a receptacle below it that will always be hot and will be fed through the switch.

Please help.

This electrical wiring question came from: Andrey in Massachusetts.

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So far it really helps! Thanks!

Related Question: I am installing new single light switch with guide light above it.

This electrical wiring question came from Brent in Canada.

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Thank you for your electrical questions.

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3 Responses to “Adding an Outlet to a Light Switch”
  1. GW Patton says:

    I want to put a combo switch/outlet (Leviton 5627) in place of a single pole light switch. Everything I read says a neutral 3rd wire is required but I just have a black and a white in the box. I can get either the switch or the light to work but not both. It’s ok if the outlet is only hot when the lights are on. It seems like it should be doable but I’m straining my brain trying to figure it out.

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