How to Convert a Light Switch to an Outlet
Can You Make a Light Switch into a Outlet? How to Wire a Light Switch to Become an Outlet.
Light Switch to Outlet
Electrical Question: Can You Make a Light Switch into a Outlet?
This electrical wiring question came from: Walter, a Homeowner in the USA.
Additional Comments: This website is very helpful, it helped me when I was remodeling some of my house.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Walter .
How to Wire a Light Switch to Become an Outlet
Application: Covert the Wiring of a Switch to be an Outlet.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Converting a Light Switch to be an Outlet
IMPORTANT: Make sure to read the following information because converting a light switch into an outlet requires specific electrical wiring which is best verified using a voltage tester.
- Yes, a switch can be converted into an outlet if the wiring can be identified back at the source and one of the wires (the neutral or white) can be connected to the neutral source.
- As you will see from the wiring diagrams provided from the links below, typically the white wire is used as a switch leg.
- So basically the two wires used for the switch will need to be positively identified, then removed from the configuration it now has, and then spliced to the hot and neutral source. Be very careful to note the existing wiring configurations before anything is changed.
- This is best done by a qualified electrician who will be able to positively identify the existing wiring and make the desire changes.
The Following will assist you with your Light Switch Conversion
Light Switch Wiring
Electrical outlet wiring
Wiring Electrical Outlet 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.
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Home electrical wiring projects with pictures and wiring diagrams.
How to Use Electrical Testers
When working on home electrical wiring using voltage testers can play an important part in electrical safety. Electrical testers enable you to identify electrical circuits and help prevent the possibility of accidental electrical shock.
Types of Electrical Testers
Using Electrical Testers
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