Electrician Training Electrical Certification wiring recessed light fixtures Electrical Wiring Electrical Troubleshooting and Electrical Repairs wire outdoor light fixture Home Electrical Wiring Diagrams
wiring home generator and transfer switch wiring a 220 volt range cord outlet Wiring for GFCI Outlets Wiring Outlets and a Switched Outlet Wiring and Installing Ceiling Fans and Remote Controls wire dimmer switch wiring diagrams for switches wiring a dryer cord and 220 outlet circuit breaker panel
Electrical Wire and Cable

Electrical Wiring for a Switch Outlet Combination

How is a combo outlet and switch wired? Wiring a Electrical Outlet and Switch Combo Device.

Electric Outlet and Switch Combo
Electrical Question: How is a combo outlet and switch wired?

I’m wiring a switch outlet combination. No matter what I do I can not get the lights and outlets to work at the same time. Maybe you know what to do and can help.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Zachary.
Background: Zachary, a Handyman from Burlington, New Jersey.

Wiring a Electrical Outlet and Switch Combo Device

Application: Wiring a Switched Outlet.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of outlets that will be replaced.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional outlet wiring should be done with a permit and be inspected.

How to Wire a Outlet and Switch Combo

More about Wiring a Light Switch

I have provided the following resources that lead to fully detailed information about switched outlet wiring on this website that will assist you with your electrical question:
Wiring Diagrams

Electrical Outlets

For more information about Light Switch Wiring
Light Switch Wiring
Light Switch Wiring
Wiring a Light Switch – Diagram 1
Fully explained pictures and wiring diagrams about wiring light switches describing the most common switches starting with photo diagram 1.

This link is helpful as a Handyman
Do-It-Yourself Electrical

Be sure to get your copy of my BIG New eBook:

Complete Guide to Home Electrical Wiring

Wire It Right with the help of my Illustrated Wiring Book
Great for any Home Wiring Project.

See How to Wire it Right!
Learn more about Residential House Wiring
Perfect for Homeowners, Students, and Electricians

Wiring GFCI Outlets
Wiring Home Electric Circuits
120 Volt and 240 Volt Outlet Circuits
Wiring Light Switches
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Electric Range

Also Included:
How to Troubleshoot and Repair Electrical Wiring
Wiring Methods for Upgrading Electrical Wiring
NEC Codes for Home Electrical Wiring
....and much more.

  electrical wiring  

Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.

Electrical Tips to Help You Wire it Right

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 Electrical Wiring, Switched Outlet and Home Electrical Wiring:
« Previous Next »
Replacing a Halogen Lighting Transformer Electrical Training NFPA 70E for Arc Flash

FAQs Frequently Asked Questions and Comments

5 Responses to “Electrical Wiring for a Switch Outlet Combination”
  1. Kyle says:

    I’m trying to wire a switched outlet with 2 outlets total in the circuit off an existing outlet.

  2. Roger Milam says:

    I am trying to replace a light switch with a new receptacle so the switch controls a light and powers a 120volt outlet on bottom. Currently, two single switches are in double box.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Roger,
      Wiring a Combo Switch Outlet
      The circuit wiring in the switch box must include a neutral wire which is necessary for the 120volt outlet to work. The neutral wire is then extended using a pigtail wire to the silver screw terminal of the outlet of the combo switch outlet. The circuit power source supplied to the original light switch is shared for both the light switch and the outlet, and is attached to the brass screw terminal(s) of the combo switch outlet. The power wire leading out to the light is connected to the remaining brass screw terminal of the switch located on the opposite side of the circuit power screw terminal.
      Enjoy your combo switch outlet,

  3. Brian Foose says:

    I wish to wire a combination switch outlet where the switch only controls the outlet. No other circuits will be used. I wish to have a device plugged into the outlet, but controlled by the swtich.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      The incoming power source would enter to the switch brass terminal screw without a bridge, the neutral wire would connect to the silver terminal. When the switch is turned ON the outlet will have power. The ground wire connected as typical. Turn the circuit OFF before wiring.

You must be logged in to post a comment.