Adding an Outlet to a Wall Switch
I wired an outlet from a light switch but the outlet does not work, what did I do wrong? How to Wire a Switch Controlled Outlet.
Wiring for a Switch Controlled Outlet
Electrical Question: I wired an outlet from a light switch but the outlet does not work, what did I do wrong?
- My kitchen has an exterior wall with a door that goes out onto a patio, with a switch inside near the door going outside that is the only one controlling an overhead kitchen light.
- I drilled a hole through the brick to add an outlet outside, piggybacking off the kitchen light switch. My idea was when the kitchen light was on, the outside outlet box would be on, and vice versa.
- After install completion, the opposite is happening – kitchen switch on, outlet off, and vice versa. All the kitchen switch wiring is back where it started and operates normally, I can’t figure out why the outlet is “backwards”. There’s a red wire to the hot screw and white to the neutral on the switch, and I ran the same to the outlet. There is a black wire coming into the box but it is taped off, not connected.
- No other switch can operate the overhead kitchen light. Any ideas how I wire to get the exterior outlet to be on off at the same time the kitchen light is on off?
This electrical wiring question came from Steve, a Homeowner in Illinois.
Steve, Thank You for Visiting Ask-the-Electrician!
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Steve.
How to Wire a Switch Controlled Outlet
Application: Wiring a Switched Outlet.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the Switched Outlet, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the Switched Outlet should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in Illinois. A permit and inspections may also be required.
Wiring a Switch Controlled Outlet
This electrical wiring project is about Wiring a Switch Controlled Outlet in the Kitchen of a Apartment.
Switched Outlet, Change the Wiring
- Steve, from the information you have provided, the switch box where the wiring was added does not have a neutral wire. Here are a few tips: A switch does not have a neutral screw terminal, and when there are only two wires attached to a switch and one of the wires is white the white wire is not a neutral wire.
- To make the outlet work as you have originally planned, the wiring to the new outlet must be provided from the kitchen light box, because this is where the neutral wire is located.
- NOTE: An outside outlet must be have GFCI protection, therefore a GFCI outlet should be installed.
More about Wiring a Switch Controlled Outlet
Wiring a Light Switch – Diagram 1
Fully Explained Light Switch Wiring Diagrams. Detailed Electrical Wiring Diagrams and Pictures assist your Home Electrical Projects.
Electrical Wire for the Home
Complete listing of electrical wire types and parts used for home projects with electrical code information serves as selection guidelines.
Electrical Junction Boxes for Home Wiring
Understanding electrical junction boxes and what they are used for. Home electrical wiring is the process of installing electrical wire to a location that will serve electrical devices or an appliance. One very important component is the box where the wire will be installed. The type and size of the home wiring electrical boxes will depend upon the circuit size, application and its location.
Kitchen Electrical Wiring
Fully Explained Photos and Wiring Diagrams for Kitchen Electrical Wiring with Code Requirements for most new or remodel projects.
Wiring Electrical Outlets for the Home
Home electrical wiring includes 110 volt outlets and 220 volt outlets and receptacles which are common place in every home. See how wiring electrical outlets for the home are done.
Home Wiring Projects
Installing electrical wiring projects for safety and home improvements.
Electrical Wiring Tools
A listing of the electrical tools I use on most all of my electrical jobs and projects.
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.
Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.
|More articles about Adding Outlets, Electrical Wiring, Outlets from Switches and Home Electrical Wiring:|
|« Previous||Next »|
|I Would Like To Run Power Out To My Shed||Replace a Light Switch with a Programmable Switch|