Switch controlled outlet conversion to switch controlled ceiling light


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Old 09-01-20, 10:14 AM
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Smile Switch controlled outlet conversion to switch controlled ceiling light

Thanks in advance for any help passed this way. All the bedrooms in my home currently have a switch operating the lower half of an outlet. I'm looking to make this outlet constant hot, and have the switch operate a newly installed ceiling light/fan (There doesn't need to be a separate switch for the fan/light functions).

Below are images of the current switch/outlet. Any help to get this wired properly would be greatly appreciated.



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Old 09-01-20, 11:16 AM
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I did this in all 4 bedrooms in my home many years ago. Can't remember the details. It all depends on where the power is coming from. Most likely to the outlet first on the part that is always hot. They broke the tab between the two receptacles. That will leave one side without power. The power then most likely went to the switch then the light.
There could be other possible routing. Take off the cover plates on both the outlet and the switch plate. Pull out the fixtures to expose the wires and how they are hooked up. Do not disconnect any wires. Take a picture and send it to us.
 
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Old 09-01-20, 11:36 AM
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Outlet picture

Here is another picture of the wiring in the outlet box. Please let me know if anything else is needed


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Old 09-01-20, 12:40 PM
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Where do you intend to run the new cable for the fixture? to the switch box or the receptacle box?
 
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Old 09-01-20, 12:46 PM
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It would be much easier for me to run it to the switch box, but I could make either work if needed.
 
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Old 09-01-20, 01:59 PM
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To run to the switch box.
Get a new receptacle with the gold side tab intact.
At the receptacle:
Connect all the blacks with a black pigtail.
Connect all the whites with a white pigtail.
Connect the black pigtail to one of the gold screws.
Connect the white pigtail to one of the silver screws.

At the switch where you now have two cables after running your new one:
Connect the two white wires.
Connect the two black wires to the two screws of the switch.
 
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Old 09-01-20, 02:59 PM
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Can't add much more to the way Joed explained it. Again I'm assuming power is going to the outlet first.
 
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Old 09-04-20, 07:50 AM
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Thanks a lot for the information! I'm attempting to get this work done today so I'll let you know how everything works out. Thanks again for the help!
 
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Everything is working perfectly! Thanks a bunch for the help
 
 

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