GFCI Wiring Through A Switch
How to Wire a GFCI Outlet – Typically the bathroom GFCI is on a separate circuit and may not be providing power to your bathroom lighting.
Wiring for GFCI Outlets
Electrical Question: I would like my bathroom light switch to control power to the GFCI outlet, how do I do that?
Thanks for your electrical question Keith.
Background: Keith, a Homeowner from Alberta Canada
How to Wire a GFCI Outlet
Typically the bathroom GFCI is on a separate circuit and may not be providing power to your bathroom lighting.
A separate switch could be installed to control the GFCI outlet, however the method of the existing wiring to the GFCI would need to be identified in order to configure the switch wiring correctly.
Many times the GFCI circuit will feed more than one bathroom and the wiring will depend on how the GFCI Line and Load wiring is configured.
Depending on the wiring configuration a 2-pole switch may be required to maintain the GFCI integrity of both the neutral and hot wires.
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