Adding a device to a standard light switch

Reply

  #1  
Old 10-25-14, 01:15 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 2
Adding a device to a standard light switch

I want to add a bracket to the wall beside a light switch so I can charge my phone. Is it legal (to code) to add wiring to the existing power at the light switch terminals and run it out the light switch faceplate to an external device?
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 10-25-14, 01:32 PM
PJmax's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Northern NJ - USA
Posts: 46,155
Welcome to the forums.

No... the plate is a seal between the wall and the box. Nothing can be "snuck out" behind it.

You could change the switch to a switch/receptacle combo.

Name:  Switch_Outlet_Combo_2.jpg
Views: 367
Size:  24.8 KB
 
  #3  
Old 10-25-14, 01:47 PM
ray2047's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 33,050
You may not even have power at the switch. If you only have a black and white wire connected to the switch in the switch box there is not neutral and no power.
 
  #4  
Old 10-25-14, 11:01 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 2
Thanks for the info. I don't know that much about electric wiring. I
 
  #5  
Old 11-24-14, 10:02 PM
Member
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 1
If you have a nearby outlet, you can pretty easily swap the outlet for this:

Hubbell Electrical Products 15 Amp Combo USB Charger Tamper-Resistant Duplex Outlet-USB15WZSP at The Home Depot

 
  #6  
Old 11-24-14, 10:16 PM
pcboss's Avatar
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Maryland
Posts: 14,587
The wiring cannot be run external to the wall to a receptacle from the switch.
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes