Adding a new electrical outlet to lighting circuit


Am I allowed to add new sockets onto lighting circuit nowadays?


Do I need to worry about lighting per square foot?

Other than for your own personal preference since it's your own home, not really.

Overloading the lights - well I only use LED lights, but someone in the future might stick something else in, right? What do I tell the inspector? I currently count at least 17 lights (14 of those recessed) on this branch (15A 110V), and like I said earlier, there are some sockets on this as well. I use all LEDs, but someone in the future might stick 100W incandescent bulbs in, overloading the branch. What does this mean for me.

The load is done as is installed. If you put this outlet in and later someone wanted to run a 5000W heater on it, that's still on them to ensure that they can, not the original designer. Since all of your lights are LED, you should very well be okay. It all depends on the wattage of the fixtures on the circuit and the...

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I am wondering how to add a new indoor electrical outlet for track lighting? Is it feasible?

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Without knowing whether nearby circuits are already loaded to permissible limits or not, I would have to recommend laying a new cable from the breaker panel to the point where you want the new outlet. Depending on the house and the decor, the new cable can be paper thin under-the-carpet steelbelted cable, surface mount flat conduit, or fished through walls or ceilings.

If there is an outlet nearby, that could be converted to an X-10 switched outlet by simply replacing the outlet and installing an X-10 switch anywhere else. There does not have to be a connection between the switch and the outlet. An X-10 switch puts a signal onto the normal AC current and the far away outlet responds accordingly. That way you can turn the track lighting on and off from any convenient location, without have to install wiring between the switch and the...

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How to find a power source

New remodeling box

A remodeling box has “wings” which open and clamp the box to the drywall. Cut your hole to exactly fit the box. Now you can learn how to wire an outlet.

Photo: Courtesy of The Family Handyman

This technique only works if you can use an outlet as a power source that’s opposite, or nearly opposite, the place where you want your new outlet. To determine how to wire an outlet and whether you can safely use existing electrical outlets, follow the list below.

You can use an outlet when:

If a switch or outlet is on a circuit that often blows its breaker or fuse, don’t make matters worse by adding yet another outlet to the circuit. Electrical codes restrict the number of lights or electrical outlets that can be connected to one circuit. Typically, you can have no more than eight lights or electrical outlets on a 15-amp circuit. To determine the amp rating of a circuit, just look at the number on its breaker or...
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In your switch box, you will see two white wires joined with a wire connector. Just unscrew the connector, add the white wire from your receptacle and screw them all back together. The switch will have two black wires connected to it. One goes to the lights, and one goes to your electrical panel. You want to connect your receptacle’s black wire to the same screw as the wire that goes to your electrical panel, so that your outlet always has power. (If you attach it to the other black wire, the outlet will only be powered when the switch is on.) Push the switch back into the box and secure it, then replace the switch cover. You can now turn your breaker back on. You’re done, and you can use the new...

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Do you need extra outlets, and you'd rather plug into a wall? Power bars are unsightly and who wants extension cords snaking all over the floor? Besides, these can be fire hazards as well as overly attractive to small children.

Maybe you are changing the location of the TV or installing an over-the-range microwave, or maybe you bought a new computer desk. Whatever the reason, there isn't a handy outlet for the equipment and you need one. This is when it becomes necessary to add a new plug-in by wiring it into an existing one.

This article will walk you through not only the mechanics of putting a new electrical outlet into the wall, but also running the wire and tapping into the existing circuit. The tools and materials will be discussed as well as the procedures and tips for doing the job in the easiest manner possible.

While the task will take some work and may involve crawling through attics or crawl spaces, it is not particularly esoteric or difficult to...

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How to move simple electrical outlets and switches.

Electrical outlets and light switches sometimes must be moved during a remodeling project. This often happens when a closet has been added or a door moved. Many times this will leave the light switch on the opposite wall or a large section of the room without an electrical outlet because the original one is now in the closet. In the long run conveniently placed outlets and switches are worth the effort required to move them. With care this can be safely done by homeowners.

The tools you will need for this project include an electrical meter, flat and philips screwdrivers, plyers, razor knife and clean up tools. For the electrical part of this project you will need wire, electrical box, wire nuts, and a blank outlet cover. The electrical box you want will be the one with locking tabs. It is possible that you will have drywall damage. If so then you will also need drywall repair materials and tools.


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I need guidance on how to install a new electrical outlet to an existing wall. My bathroom only has one electrical outlet, and it's located on the vanity light over the sinks (see photo close-up of light outlet on outdated fixture with rad vintage pastel ikat wallpaper).

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Usually this should be pretty easy, since there should be an outlet on the other side of the wall that you can just tap in to; but there's no outlets on the other side of any of these walls (see wall descriptions below). There are electrical wires running through these walls though, powering lighting and heating. So, can I just cut a hole in the wall, reach my hand in, grab a random wire, cut it, splice in wiring to a new outlet, and magically everything works? Probably not that simple. I can grasp the basics involved in this, but I'm not 100% certain on how to proceed with my situation since I don't think I need to deal with feeding up new separating wiring from the basement but I also...

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Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz power supply service. Install the correct sized breaker in your main supply panel, then install a new correct size 3-wire

…cable containing "Hot", "Neutral" and "Ground" wires from that breaker to a proper wall box at the new outlet location. Then wire in a new grounded outlet. If you do not install a Ground Fault Circuit Interruptor (GFCI) - see below - you must install a correct size 'grounded' conductor to connect to the 3rd prong. Alternating current will travel back and forth on the two other conductors. Having a properly connected ground conductor means that, if a fault occurs in the appliance and/or to its cord and plug - which could, for example, either cause someone to receive an electric shock or cause the equipment to overheat and catch on fire - the electrical fault current will flow throug the the 'grounded' conductor to earth rather than follow a path through you. DO NOT BECOME PART OF THE CIRCUIT!...
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DEAR MIKE: I want to install an additional electrical outlet in my bedroom. On the other side of the wall is another outlet in about the same place as where I want to add the new one. Can I tap into the existing outlet to power the new one? -- John B.

DEAR JOHN: Yes, and it will simplify the job because you won't have to bore through studs to run the cable.

The simplest installation involves cutting a hole in the wall where you want the new outlet, tapping into the existing outlet for power, running the cable to the new outlet, and then making the connection to the new outlet. If you don't place the new outlet between the same two studs as the existing outlet, this project will be more difficult.

Expect to pay about $15 for parts and plan to spend about an hour on this job.

First, you'll need to determine if the existing outlet is suitable to supply power to the new outlet. To do so, make sure the existing outlet isn't on a circuit that frequently trips...

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As far as procedures are concerned, installing the wiring for a ceiling light fixture is the same as installing it for a receptacle for a plug-in fixture. The only differences are in the choice of electrical box and its placement. You use a rectangular box for a receptacle and a round one for a light fixture, and you offset the receptacle box so you can center the light. Unless the box has to hold a weight of 5 pounds or more, you can use a remodeling box, which is easier to install than a conventional rough-in box.

Choose a location for the electrical box. You can place a remodeling box anywhere except over a ceiling joist. If you need a rough-in box, it can be next to a joist or centered between a pair of joists if you install blocking to which to attach it.

Trace the outline of the box on the ceiling with a pencil, and cut around the outline with a drywall saw to make a hole.

Run the electrical cable that will power the outlet through the attic, and feed...

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Electrical Wiring for an Outlet
Electrical Question: I would like to add another electrical outlet.

I tied into an existing line to add an outlet. I connected all white to white, black to black and ground to ground. The outlet does not work. Do I have to make different wire connections?

Background: John, a Homeowner from Cape Coral, Florida.
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question John.

How to add Another Electric Outlet

Application: Adding a 120 Volt Receptacle Outlet.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of outlets that will be added and the access to the location for the new outlets.
Precaution: Identify the existing outlet circuit,...

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So you have a need to have a new outlet in a new location. What will be covered here is extending an existing circuit to a new outlet.

There are some things to consider...

a) Circuits that should not be extended...

A circuit that has any of these items on it (most of these items require dedicated circuits)....
Fridge, microwave, furnace, range, dryer, air conditioning, sump pumps, well pumps, hot water heaters, washer, dryer, split outlet kitchen circuits, and any other high current draw appliance / items. Circuits that already are drawing even periodically 70% of the rated max circuit load in my view should not be considered a candidate for extension.

b) Electrical codes at least in some jurisdictions may have a limit on the number of items / outlets per circuit, experts in the fields also recommend outlet / fixture limits on each circuit. That number seems to be from...

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