Wiring a switch drawing power from another switch

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Wiring a switch drawing power from another switch

I right now just have 1 switch operating the 2 porch lights. That switch for whatever reason is in a 2 switch box. I just added 2 outlets on my front porch and I want to control them by adding a Single Pole Grounding Lighted Rocker Switch 105-05611-2IS in that electrical box and I want to power that switch by connecting it to the first switch. Hopefully that makes sense. How do I wire that switch?
 

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That switch for whatever reason is in a 2 switch box.
That would be a two gang box.
If there is only one switch in there now....what was in the second gang ?
Was it a two gang plate.....combo switch/blank ?

A picture of the wiring of that box with switch pulled out and connected would be a big help.

If you can't give us a pic we'll need numbers of wires and colors.
 
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Not sure that would be to code or not, but all you would have to do is tap off the hot screw on the original switch to provide a 120V feed for the second switch, then connect the black wire coming from the two plugs to the other screw on the single pole switch. Tie the white wire (neutral) from the plugs to the other white wires inside the box. And most importantly, be sure to install a GFCI plug in the first outlet so that both of the plugs are ground-fault protected (black and white from switch box connected to "line" and black and white wires from second plug connected to "load"). Again, I'm not sure if this configuration would pass code (I've always wired outdoor GFCI circuits on a separate breaker), but it would work from an electrical standpoint and would accomplish what you are trying to do.
 
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Does the lighted switch have one silver screw and two brass screws or just two brass screws?
 
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The original switch was just a normal switch with 2 blacks wires attached to it, the whites just tied together in the back of the box and grounds attaches to green screw. I would like to replace 1st switch and install 2nd switch with a Single pole Grounding Lighted Rocker Switch with 2 brass screws, 1 silver, and 1 green.
 
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With a multimeter or test light but not a non contact tester determine which black is hot by disconnecting the blacks from the switch and measuring between the neutral bundle and each black. Label the one that is not hot original.

Add two pigtails to the hot (black).
Add one pigtail to the white bundle.
Connect one black pigtail and the other original black to the original switch.

Connect white pigtail to silver terminal of new switch.
Connect the white to the receptacles to the white bundle.
Connect the remaining black pigtail to one of the brass terminals of the new switch.
Connect the black from the receptacles to the remaining brass terminal of the new switch.
 
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....and install a GFCI [receptacle]!!!
 

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