How to add a switched outlet to a wall switch

Old 10-16-10, 09:51 AM
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How to add a switched outlet to a wall switch

My better half wants to add some accent lighting to our bathrooms. She wants to put rope lights under the lip of the vanity that's hidden so they shine on the floor. Kind of a night light of sorts.

The only power I have is the light switch that controls the ceiling light. I can run a line from that down the inside of the wall to the inside of the vanity and install a switched outlet there. (The box with the switch has the hot, common and ground).

Would the hot go to one contact on the switch, and from the other contact down to the outlet, and the common go to the outlet? (The ground would be piggy-backed to both).

I think I have it correct, but wanted to confirm with you gurus out there.

Thanks in advance!
Old 10-16-10, 10:11 AM
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If there are only two wires in the switch box you have a switch loop. A switch loop does not have a neutral and therefore can not be used for a receptacle.

Look in the very back of the switch box if there is a bundle of two are more white wires just wire-nutted together you probably can get power from the switch box.

Terminology note: In this case what you are calling common is actually neutral.

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