Half Switched Outlet - Want to add Light

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Old 02-01-16, 07:59 PM
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Half Switched Outlet - Want to add Light

Hi All,

I have a half switched outlet in my den. I want to make the outlet always hot and add a light to be controlled by the existing switch. I need to piggyback off the outlet for the light. Looks like the power runs to the swtich and their are four wires instead of three. Can this be done?

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Jim
 
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Old 02-01-16, 08:12 PM
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Yes. You replace the outlet with a new one that has the tabs tying the two receptacles together intact. You would take the two wires that went to the switched part of the outlet and run those to your light (along with ground).

You may need to replace the box with a larger remodel type box to accommodate the additional cable and wire nuts.
 
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Thanks for the quick reply!
 
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Old 02-01-16, 09:24 PM
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I would run the light from the switch not the receptacle because of fewer wires and shorter distance to fish.
Looks like the power runs to the swtich and their are four wires instead of three.
Do you mean a 3-conductor cable, white black, red or two 2-conductor cables, black and white. (Grounds aren't counted when referring to the number of wires.) If you meant a 3-conductor cable then power does not come in at the switch unless there is a second cable you forgot to mention.
 
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Old 02-02-16, 07:32 AM
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Does the power come into the switch and then to the receptacle or from the receptacle to the switch ?
 
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