Outdoor switched outlet question


Old 09-02-16, 04:21 PM
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Lightbulb Outdoor switched outlet question

Ok, so I'm trying to figure out how to rewire an outdoor switch and light combination. There is a switched security flood light on the back of our house with the switch inside the house at the back door. The original owners of our home had an outlet box installed under the light housed in conduit and an external outlet box. When the switch inside the hosue is turned on it powers the 500 watt security light AND the outlet which isn't ideal if I just want to power a single device. Is it possible to re-wire the circuit so that there is a single outlet and switch combo that the inside switch will power and the outside switch will allow me to turn the light on and off? I hope that's clearer than mud.

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Old 09-02-16, 04:55 PM
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That is going to depend on how it was wired initially. I suspect the light wires were just extended down for the receptacle. If so some rewiring will need to be done.
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yes that is the case.... I would assume I could remove the light from the circuit, replace the outlet with a switch/outlet combo, run a new set of wires from outlet back to light, then wire the light to the switch?
Old 09-02-16, 07:14 PM
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You would need to add just one wire in the conduit. Red would be good.

The diagram shows a regular receptacle although a GFI receptacle/switch combo would be proper.

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