GFI outlet and light switch


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This page contains wiring diagrams for ground fault circuit interrupter (gfci) receptacles. Included are diagrams for multiple gfci's, a protected standard duplex receptacle, and a protected light fixture. Wiring for a switch and gfci receptacle in the same box is also shown to protect the switch and light or to protect other receptacles in the circuit. To wire a gfci circuit breaker see this link and wire a gfci switch combo at this link.

GFCI Outlet and Light Switch

This diagram illustrates wiring a GFCI receptacle and light switch in the same outlet box, a common arrangement in a bathroom with limited space. The hot source is spliced to the LINE terminal on the receptacle and to the bottom terminal on the light switch. The neutral and ground wires are spliced together and run to each device in the circuit.

Multiple GFCI's with Protected Duplex...

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Explanation of home electrical switches and outlets - shapes, features, uses

By Kyle McKeown Mansfield

If you're involved in a DIY remodeling project or are about to tackle a new addition to your home, this simple guide will explain the basic styles of electrical devices you are likely to encounter. The plethora of descriptions used for identifying switches, outlets and dimmers can easily cause confusion and lead to expensive mistakes, so we've created this guide which includes photos, alternate names and common jargon. We even have tips with answers to common questions so that your wiring project will go as smoothly as possible.

Shapes - Decora, Duplex, Toggle, etc.

Electrical devices with similar functions come in many shapes. Here are the basic ones:

Toggle Devices - Let's start with the standard switch for turning lights on and off that we've seen for years - the toggle switch. This is the small squared-off switch that protrudes about 5/8"...
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Turn off power to the GFI outlet. Test for absence of power with a voltage tester. Place one probe in each slot above the GFI and then below to verify that no power is present.

Remove the GFI cover plate screws with a flat-head screwdriver. Set the cover plate aside.

Remove the two GFI bracket screws with a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the GFI outlet from the electrical box as far as its wiring will allow.

Install a single-gang electrical box for the dimmer switch according to your particular application. For example, new construction requires a different box installation process compared to existing wall installations.

Cut a length of 14-2 with copper ground cable with the wire cutters. Make the cut long enough to reach from the GFI Load terminals to the dimmer switch box. Allow 4 to 6 inches of cable to extend out of each box.

Cut another length of 14-2 cable long enough to reach from the dimmer switch box to the light fixture. Leave 4...

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[Summary]how to wire an outlet off of a switch How to fish a new wire from a light switch down the wall to a new location for a outlet Wiring a Switched Outlet Wiring Diagram : Electrical Online I have a split outlet with a wall switch and the "in" wire


how to wire an outlet off of a switch

How to fish a new wire from a light switch down the wall to a new location for a outlet

Wiring a Switched Outlet Wiring Diagram : Electrical Online

I have a split outlet with a wall switch and the “in” wire from the breaker has only two, (black and white romex with white and ground wires) and the “out” wiring romex has three adding a red to the mix. The switch and the receptacle both had red attached to the upper right brass screws with the black attached to the lower right brass screws. There are also no middle attached tabs. The switch started burning and smoking the other evening when left on, and this...

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I've copied instructions from an Amazon review.

worse than worthless and border on dangerous. Be forewarned, and allow some time to install it correctly; and don't expect any help from the included paperwork.


- There is no ON/OFF indicated on the switch or the instructions, so there is no way to know which direction is on or off. The picture included is upside down, and shown in the OFF position. If you install it with the switch on top, it will work intuitively with the switch up for ON and down for OFF. (Should be common sense, but doesn't say it anywhere, and the text on the device and photo suggests otherwise.)

In short, here's what the directions should say:

Before you begin -> Leave yellow sticker over top connections unless you want to add downstream GFCI protected outlets/lights - that's straightforward.

1) Strip all connections to 1/2", and use the holes on back of receptacle for direct connection.

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[Hristo Borisov] shows us his clever home automation project, a nicely packaged WiFi switchable wall socket. The ESP8266 has continuously proven itself to be a home automation panacea. Since the ESP8266 is practically a given at this point, the bragging rights have switched over to the skill with which the solution is implemented. By that metric, [Hristo]’s solution is pretty dang nice.

It’s all based around a simple board. An encapsulated power supply converts the 220V offered by the Bulgarian power authorities into two rails of 3.3V and 5V respectively. The 3.3V is used for an ESP8266 whose primary concern is the control of a triac and an RGB LED. The 5V is optional if the user decides to add a shield that needs it. That’s right, your light switches will now have their own shields that decide the complexity of the device.

The core module seen to the right contains the actual board. All it needs is AC on one side and something to switch or control on the other The...

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Step 1: Planning the project

Say you need a bright yard light way out in your yard or a remote outlet to power a pond pump or electric tools. By far the best way to get electrical power right where you need it is to run underground ‘line’ voltage (120-volt household current). All it takes is a little electrical moxie and a willingness to dig a shallow trench.

In this article, we show the easiest, quickest and cheapest method to safely run electricity outdoors. Our method involves directly burying UF (underground feeder) plastic shielded cable 12 in. below ground level. We’ll also show you a no-sweat way to run the line under a walkway and how to hook up the wiring at both ends.

For this project, you should have the fundamental wiring skills it takes to make proper connections and the basic electrical and carpentry tools. While they’re not crucial, a trench shovel, a mattock and a sledgehammer (Photos 1 and 2) will make the trench work easier and faster. Allow...

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Ceiling Fan Installation

I have just installed a ceiling fan (with light kit)in my gameroom but I am not sure about the wiring. The fan has a black and white wire and the electrical box has a black, red and white. I am putting the fan on a dual switch so I what the fan controlled on one switch and the light on the other. But the problem comes in on how to do the wiring when I only have one hot wire coming from the fan. Does anyone know how I should handle this so that each switch controls a functions?

Depending on what products you used and how you connected everything, the light kit should have its own black (sometimes blue) wire. You may have connected this to the fan's black resulting in only one hot wire. You can connect the hot wire from the light kit directly to the hot wire from the switch.

Ceiling Light Wiring

I have a ceiling light with a pull chain switch. I want to add a second porcelain keyless lamp base to another part of the...

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Initial post: Jun 17, 2010, 6:34:39 AM PDT

I'm trying to find a replacement fixture for our porch light (covered, waterproof area) that has an electric outlet on the base. Used to have one at previous house, but I can't find any to purchase! There is no other electricity on the porch so it's the best way to plug in the Christmas lights, and for occasional other short-term electrical needs. This year we used one of those screw on "necks" that has an outlet, which you can put between the fixture and the bulb -- but this is awkward and less stable than simply having an outlet built into the fixture's base.

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Triocat; to find a light fixture nowadays of this type would have to have a GFCI grounded receptacle if it exists as UL would not approve an outside fixture...

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There are often special looking electrical receptacles in bathrooms or kitchens that have "Test" and "Reset" buttons -- often black and red -- on them. Video. These are ground-fault circuit interrupters -- GFCIs or GFIs. Their purpose is to protect people from electrocution. They do not prevent shock altogether, only deadly shock. And they do not prevent overloads on the circuit. That is the job of a circuit breaker at the main panel. See my GFCI article. (What is the little light on some GFIs?)

Why Can't I Reset? Is GFCI Bad or Is There a Ground-Fault?
GFI Outlet Diagram -- Hooking Up
Is an Unknown GFCI the Cause of an Outage?
Finding a Tripped GFCI Receptacle
Confusing Terms: GFCI, GFI, Load, etc.

Bad GFCI or a Ground-Fault? -- Troubleshooting

Is a GFI tripping for a ground-fault? If you are pretty sure you need to troubleshoot a ground-fault itself, you may want to go to

Tripped GFI -- Why?


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The (2) kitchen small appliance circuits can't be shared with anything else (except fridge)

A bathroom circuit/outlet must be GFCI protected
If I remember correctky You can either feed everything in the bathroom & not leave the bathroom
You can feed all the bathrooms from the same GFCI protected circuit

But bathroom circuits as I understand it can't share with any other room. Possible exception being Master Bedrooms where it may eb hard to tell where the bathroom ends & the bedroom starts

How to persuade them?
Install the $5 GFCI outlets
I mean, won't you SAVE a HECK of a lot more then that by refinancing???????

Yes, not all outlets need to be a GFCI outlet, they just need to be protected by one
But you are probably not up to code
In most cases it's granfathered & not required to be changed unless you renovate
But'll be saving $$$ in the long run with a lower interest rate....

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Determine which devices are not connected to GFCI.

Some devices should not be connected to GFCI receptacles because of the possibility for "nuisance tripping"; for example, refrigerators, fluorescent lights, laser printers, garbage disposals, trash compactors, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers, home heating and cooling systems, artesian well and driven point jet type pumps,microwave ovens and freezers are some of the more commons items.

For switches: Label the wires with some sort of identifying mark on masking tape wrapped around each wire. Use the same mark for each wire connected to the same terminal screw of the device Determine the type of switch you have. A single-pole switch (one switch controls the light fixture(s)) will have two screws and be marked "ON" and "OFF" if a toggle type, a 3-way switch (two switches control the light fixture(s), typically at each end of a stairwell) will have three screws, one of which is black, and a 4-way switch (three switches...
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