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Convert 1 switch - 1 receptacle TO 2 switches - 1 receptacle & 1 light

Convert 1 switch - 1 receptacle TO 2 switches - 1 receptacle & 1 light

Old 01-06-15, 02:11 PM
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Convert 1 switch - 1 receptacle TO 2 switches - 1 receptacle & 1 light

Hi - I am working on a home electrical project and am having difficulty wiring it together.

Original Configuration: 1 switch - 1 receptacle (1/2 switched, 1/2 continuously powered). On the Switch side there is 2 wire romex (Black, White and bare).

Objective: Keep the switched receptacle in place and add a ceiling light on a dedicated switch.

I've added an electrical box to the ceiling and ran 2 wire romex (Black, White and bare) from the ceiling to the switch and upgraded the electrical box to a 2 gang box, but am having difficulty wiring it all together so each switch operates independently (1 switch to operate the receptacle and 1 switch to operate the ceiling light)

Does anybody have a wiring diagram or explanation on how to wire what I am looking to do?

Thanks in advance

Last edited by Ryan Joe; 01-06-15 at 04:03 PM. Reason: making a correction.
Old 01-06-15, 02:27 PM
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First of all, that's not a 3 wire Romex. It's 2 wire with a ground. Determine which wire is feeding the switch box from the breaker box. That wire has to be jumped to the second switch so both switches are hot. The ceiling light gets connected to the new switch but you need to connect the new neutral
(white wire) to the existing white wire that goes to the outlet.
Old 01-06-15, 03:15 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

You've got a problem. When you see a two wire NM cable end at a switch..... you have a switchloop. The white wire SHOULD be hot and the black SHOULD be switched hot.

Therefore you don't have a neutral in that switchbox and cannot add a light off of it.

You could convert the receptacle to always live and then convert the switch to ceiling use.
Otherwise..... to be able to utilize two switches..... you'd have to replace the two wire cable between the switch and receptacle with a three wire cable.

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