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Old 08-22-20, 11:14 AM
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Install outlet from switch

I have a light switch I would like to add an outlet below it. However I am struggling because the power source is the light in the ceiling coming down to the switch. Only one wire comes into the switch box.
how do I wired an outlet from this light switch?
or can you run it from the light, to the outlet to the switch?
how can I make this work?
 

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Old 08-22-20, 11:22 AM
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You don't. . I should say, can't.
 
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Old 08-22-20, 11:30 AM
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Is it possible to run it from the light, to the outlet and then The switch?
 
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Old 08-22-20, 11:36 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

You need three wires from the switch to the light.
You are currently missing a needed neutral at the switch.
 
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Do you want a switched outlet or an always hot outlet?
So, you don't have an outlet circuit to tap off of?
 
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I do not have an outlet circuit to tap off of, he House is old and I have a bedroom with one outlet on the other side of the room.
I would like an always hot outlet. But maybe the easier way to go is to turn the switch into an outlet/switch?
 
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You are going to need to run a new cable from the light box to the outlet location. Be sure to use the correct size wire for the amperage of the circuit.
 
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Is it possible to run it from the light, to the outlet and then The switch?
No need to go back to the switch unless you want the receptacle switched. You can go from the light to the receptacle.
 
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An alternative that might work. Remove the ceiling fixture (to be replaced with a blank cover). Use the cable that runs between the ceiling box and the switch as a feed to the switch location. That is, convert the switch leg to a hot and neutral combination. Then run a 14-3 cable between the switch box and the new receptacle box below it. The new receptacle could then be split half switch controlled and half always hot. This presumes the code authority would permit the receptacle in that location as meeting the entry lighting requirement, and that the resident is willing to live without the overhead light.

A further change, might be to replace the overhead fixture or blank plate with a pull chain controlled light or pull chain controlled fan-light combination.
 
 

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