how to install new light with separate outlet


Old 11-18-05, 08:31 AM
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how to install new light with separate outlet

I have an old bathroom light fixture that has a built in outlet (not gfi). The outlet only works if the light is turned on. I want to replace the light with a new one and put in a separate gfi outlet nearby (that will work without having to turn on the light!). I have not called an electrician yet, but am curious how involved this is to do.
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Old 11-18-05, 08:53 AM
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The new wiring depends on how the existing wiring is done.

If power goes first to the switch then you (most likely) need a new wire to the light and then a new wire to the receptacle.

If power goes first to the light then you need a new wire from the light to the receptacle.

However, you may not be able to legally do this (per code). Is this a 15 or a 20 amp circuit, and what else is on this circuit?

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