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How to Add an Outlet to a Light Switch

How to Use Switch Wiring for Receptacle Outlets, Light Switch Wiring and Outlet Wiring.

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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.

Additional Comments:
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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Dave’s Reply:
Thank you for your electrical questions.

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3 Responses to “How to Add an Outlet to a Light Switch”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi GW,
    From what you have described the white wire in the switch box is being used for switching the power wire of the light circuit. Therefore it is not a neutral wire and it cannot be used as such. Please refer to the wiring diagrams as provided in this main article.
    I hope this helps,

  2. GW Patton says:

    same topic as: Adding an Outlet to a Light Switch

  3. 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.