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


Wiring a Bathroom GFI Outlet and Light Switch

How do I wire a GFI outlet and switch in my bathroom? Electrical Wiring for a Bathroom GFI Outlet with a Light Switch: Wiring Diagrams for GFI Outlets.

Do You Need Electrical Help? help with residential electrical wiring

Guide to Residential Electrical Wiring guide to electrical wiring

Bathroom GFI Outlet Wiring with a Light Switch
Electrical Question: How do I wire a GFI outlet and switch in my bathroom?

I’m trying to wire a GFI outlet in my bathroom then install a piggy back or double switch for two light switches with no success. I have power to the GFI outlet and power to the first switch but the light will not work. What am I doing wrong?

This electrical question came from: Bob, a Homeowner from Woodbine, Georgia.

Dave’s Reply:

Thanks for your electrical question Bob.

Wiring a Bathroom GFI Outlet with a Light Switch

More about Wiring Electric Outlets

Electric outlet wiring
outlet-wiring

Wiring Electrical Outlet for the Home

GFCI Outlet Wiring
Wiring Diagrams forĀ  GFI Outlets

The features and benefits of GFCI outlets and receptacles will give you a clear understanding of the importance why these safety devices are required by electrical code to help protect you and your family against accidental electrical shock hazards.

For more information about Light Switch Wiring
Light Switch Wiring
Light Switch Wiring

Wiring a Light Switch – Wiring Diagrams

Fully explained pictures and wiring diagrams about wiring light switches describing the most common switches starting with photo wiring diagram.


» You Can Avoid Costly Mistakes! «

Here's How to Do It:
Wire It Right with the help of my Illustrated Wiring Book

Great for any Home Wiring Project.


  electrical wiring  

Complete Guide to Home Electrical Wiring

Perfect for Homeowners, Students,
Handyman, Handywomen, and Electricians
Includes:
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
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Dryer Cord and Dryer Outlet
How to Troubleshoot and Repair Electrical Wiring
Wiring Methods for Upgrading Electrical Wiring
NEC Codes for Home Electrical Wiring
....and much more.





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.

« Installing a Washer Dryer Unit with an Existing Dryer Plug How to Add a Ceiling Light Fixture »

FAQs Frequently Asked Questions and Comments

4 Responses to “Wiring a Bathroom GFI Outlet and Light Switch”
  1. rhonald says:

    I’m currently updating a small bathroom in my home and the bathroom light also has an outlet which is also connected to the switch. How do I convert that to a GFI while also replacing the light fixture to a bath fan/light combo? Thank you.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Rhonald,
      To provide GFCI protection for the outlet on the light fixture be sure that the supply circuit has GFCI protection. This is typically accomplished when there is a GFCI outlet in the bathroom which provides power to the light fixture, or the circuit breaker which supplies power is a GFCI circuit breaker.
      Dave

  2. tr says:

    How do you wire a new GFI from start with a light switch? I have a GFI, a light fixture and a light switch. There is a main feed from breaker box a wire for light and a switch to add. How do I make a complete circuit.

  3. Russ says:

    I need to install a GFCI to a double light switch that switches a light and a disposal

COMMENTS and QUICK QUESTIONS:

If you are asking a Quick Question please make sure it is about This TOPIC:
“Wiring a Bathroom GFI Outlet and Light Switch”

Comments Posted here are Open for Quality Discussion and Participation.
PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT PUBLISH 3RD PARTY SPAM COMMENTS, TRACK-BACKS OR LINKS.



By submitting you agree to our Site Terms