Switch problem

Old 03-06-04, 11:17 PM
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switch problem

I currently have an outlet that is controlled by a switch. This swith has two wires going to it. A Black one and a white with black mark on it. What i would like to do is install a new ceiling light that is controlled by the existing switch and make the outlet alway live. the only wire that i have access to is the wire running from the outlet to the switch.
Old 03-07-04, 06:33 AM
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You will need to run a wire from the switch to the new light in the ceiling. Do you have access to the attic above this room?

The wiring is relatively easy after you get the new light and wring installed. At the outlet you need to have the incoming power wires directly connect to the outlet. Then you need to have the wires going to the switch connect to the same terminals as the incoming power. At the switch run the hot wire (the black one) through the switch. Ther white wires get connected together.

If that doesn't make sense then supply a complete inventory of the wires in the boxes and we can get more specific.
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You could run a new cable from the ceiling to the switch box as Bob suggested. Or if you prefer, you could run a new cable from the ceiling to the receptacle box. It's your choice, but the wiring details differ for the two options. If you plan two switches, one for the fan and one for the fan's light, then the first suggestion (Bob's) is better. In that case, the new cable you run will need to be 14/3 (black/red/white/bare) rather than 14/2 (black/white/bare).
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you have a switch loop from the receptacle to the switch. Meaning, only the hot wire is sent to the switch and back to the receptacle. You could rewire the receptacle to tie the hot directly to the receptacle and also to the switch. The white wire with the black mark would be removed from the brass screw side of the receptacle and tied into the neutrals, removing the black mark. Make sure the ground are tied together. You will now have a continuously live receptacle and a hot and neutral to the switch. A new cable will need to be run from the ceiling light location to the switch and wired appropriately.

Scott E.

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