Is it ok to tap from light switch for new recepticle?

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Old 08-03-18, 07:35 AM
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Is it ok to tap from light switch for new recepticle?

I am going to install an additional outlet in our walkin closet so I can put a dehumidifier in there. In the past I have always tapped off of an existing receptacle to get the power for new outlet. However this time I don't have an exsisting outlet on a common wall except for the washing machine.

There is a light switch on a common wall for the kitchen lights. Just wondering if it would be ok to tap into that using the hot wire and neutral?

This would be the easiest by far if it is not a problem.

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Old 08-03-18, 07:41 AM
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Many older switches do not contain a neutral. If you have one white and one black wire on the switch and no other wires you don't have a neutral. No neutral it can't be used.
 
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If a neutral does exist then yes, but use the proper size wire for the circuit size and make sure you are not over loading the circuit by putting the dehumidifier on it. Also do not over fill the switch box.
 
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There is a neutral. Switch has 2 black on it, 1 hot & 1 going to lights. So it sounds like I am ok as long as I use correct wire size and don't overload circuit. Thanks
 
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Job done. No problems. Thanks for the input.
 
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