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Wiring Receptacles and a Light Switch

How do I wire a single pole switch, one light, and two receptacles for a bedroom? How to Install Electrical Wiring for Receptacles and Light Switches.

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[ad#block]Electrical Wiring: How do I wire a single pole switch, one light, and two receptacles for a bedroom?

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4 Responses to “Wiring Receptacles and a Light Switch”
  1. Abel Diaz says:

    How do you connect a double light fixture switch. When you have 4 white cables and 3 black cables

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Abel,
    The power source cable will need to be identified, then the cables leading to the light fixtures. Connect the neutral wires together and share the black of the power source cable with each switch on one of the switch screw terminals, then attach the remaining black wire of the fixture cables to the other switch terminal.
    Turn OFF the circuit power First.
    Let there be Light!

  3. nick says:

    Hi, I’m adding some sconce lights in my TV room and am hoping for a diagram or help. I’ve done some light weight wiring in new construction, so have the basics down OK, just anything not really straight forward I get stumped on. So I would like to wire the following in the order listed. Starting with a 1 pole switch that is existing that operates overhead light. I would like to use this as my source, switch to a 2 gang box so I have 1 switch for the overhead, and a second dimmer switch for the 2 new lights. Here’s the kicker. this room lacks good power sources, so I thought I would add just 1 duplex recepticle while I was at it. So here’s the order. 1. existing single switch 2. new dimmer switch 3. new light #1 4. new light # 2 5. duplex recepticle at the end of the run.
    See this is where i get stumped. I could wire just the lights, but the end of run plug, without having its power dimmed gets me. I already have taken off my base board and used a big 3″ hole saw to put holes next to each stud so I can run wire. Maybe this info plays a roll but existing switch for power is on 1 wall, new light & recepticle will be on adjacent wall.

  4. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Nick,
    Here is the way I would wire this type of layout: Bring the circuit power source into each switch box, looping from one switch box to the other, and then extend the power source out to the receptacle location. Then install a cable from each switch box location up to the light fixtures. This way you will only need to install a 2-wire cable with ground. You could install a 3-wire cable from one of the switch boxes, up through the light fixture and then down to the receptacle location, but this tends to waste wire and cause confusion.
    I hope this helps,