Adding a device to a standard light switch


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Old 10-25-14, 01:15 PM
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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?
 
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Old 10-25-14, 01:32 PM
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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.

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Old 10-25-14, 01:47 PM
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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.
 
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Old 10-25-14, 11:01 PM
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Thanks for the info. I don't know that much about electric wiring. I
 
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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

 
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Old 11-24-14, 10:16 PM
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The wiring cannot be run external to the wall to a receptacle from the switch.
 
 

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