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"a light switch and an outlet in the space of one" only working if switch is on

"a light switch and an outlet in the space of one" only working if switch is on

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Old 12-10-12, 06:33 PM
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"a light switch and an outlet in the space of one" only working if switch is on

I have just moved into this house and I really like these light switches that have the switch on top and then an extra outlet on the bottom. I found I can plug a mini night light into it and then I'm not slapping the wall numerous times trying to find the switch. I know it's always one inch above the night light. I decided to install another one as their are only a couple in the house. After completing my first I was confused as the switch works as expected but the outlet only works if the switch is in the "on" position. Yeah, I know, that makes perfect sense to me too but I would not have asked if I had not already seen it work. I followed the instructions and just assumed it would work exactly as the older product worked. Can anyone help me with this as a night light that only works when the light is on is quite useless.
 
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Old 12-10-12, 06:55 PM
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You have the "hot" feed wire on the wrong side of the switch. Just reverse the two wires on the switch. The white neutral stays where it's at.
 
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Perfect! Works as expected now. Hey thanks.
 
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........Anytime
 
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Old 12-11-12, 05:53 AM
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I found I can plug a mini night light into it and then I'm not slapping the wall numerous times trying to find the switch.


You could also use an illuminated switch to solve that problem.
 
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