How to Install an Outlet in a Switch Box
Adding an Outlet in a Switch Box Requires Understanding and Identifying Electrical Wiring
Understanding and Identifying Electrical Wiring
[ad#block]Electrical Question: I have a former bathroom I am converting to a closet.
- I have a switch that operates the wall light and the ceiling light.
- I have another switch that operates only the fan.
- I want to put a new light fixture on the ceiling and make the other switch an outlet.
- I can take the fan switch and hook up the new light to it because that switch only powers one thing.
- How do I safely eliminate the wall light and the fan while creating a new outlet next to the switch?
This electrical question came from: Mike, from Sevierville, Tennessee
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Thanks for your electrical question Mike
Adding an Outlet in a Switch Box
Understanding and Identifying Electrical Wiring
- A typical bathroom may have two electrical circuits, one for the GFI outlet and one for the light fixture.
- The circuit wiring must be identified in order to make the right connections when adding an outlet in the switch box.
- Receptacle outlets require a hot, neutral and a ground wire from one circuit, the wiring may not be connected or shared between two separate circuits.
- Identifying the circuit wiring is done using a voltage tester and fully understanding the electrical wiring of the bathroom.
- Projects such as this are best performed by a licensed electrical contractor in you area.
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- In situations like this a “white wire” may not be used ans a neutral wire, but it might actually be used for switching the hot side of the circuit.
- The key is to identify the circuit wiring and understand what each wire is used for in order to achieve the correct wiring configuration.
- If you do not have an understanding of electrical circuit wiring and practical experience of wiring a home then this may be very difficult to understand and it is always best to locale a licensed electrical contractor how can make the required voltage tests and make the electrical wiring connections to get your light fixture working properly.
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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..
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