recessed light using existing switch

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Old 07-01-20, 03:39 PM
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recessed light using existing switch

Hello, I'm new to the Forum and I have a project I could use some help with.

I want to add four recessed lights in my office that currently has a switch controlling one side of an outlet.

Switch: black, white and ground connected
Outlet: black and white connected to the top outlet controlled by the switch, another black connected to the bottom outlet.

How do I covert the switch outlet (one side) to be live all the time. How do I connect power to the switch to control new lights? I appreciate the help.

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Old 07-01-20, 05:08 PM
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The receptacle has a tab cut connecting the two gold screws to make it half switched.
First replace the receptacle with a new one that has the tabs intact.
Disconnect the black and white that are connected.
Connect the two black wires to the gold screws
Connect the two white wires to the silver screws.
At the switch remove the white from the switch and connect to the white wire to your new lights.
Connect the black from the new light cable to the screw where the white was formerly attached.
 
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Old 07-01-20, 05:41 PM
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thanks for your quick response joed!

>>Connect the two white wires to the silver screws.
I've only one white wire connected to the receptacle. And I see that there is one white wire and one black wire in a wire nut. So do I need to get the white out of the wire nut and connect to the receptacle? What do I do with the black wire that's currently in a wirenut, leave it in the wirenut?
 
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Old 07-01-20, 06:42 PM
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Outlet: black and white connected to the top outlet controlled by the switch,
That white wire that was already on the receptacle is neutral for top and bottom.
The white wire that was connected to hot goes on the second screw.
 
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thanks so much, it worked!!
 
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