How can I wire a new outlet from a light switch, with light switch set-up I've never seen before?


for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hz supply service.If you are asking about how to take power from an existing wall outlet to add a

new light switch somewhere nearby - either in the same room or in the next room

which is just on the other side of the wall containing the wall outlet - you'll need to

run a new set of wires from the socket outlet to a new fused wall switch and another

set of wires from that new switch to the new lighting fixture.


A) Before you start, be sure to check the electrical wiring code for your locality (town/state) because the new wiring MUST comply with the safety requirements stated in that wiring code. Some localities will allow this work to be done by an amateur as a DIY job but others will insist that it must be done only by a licensed electrician, especially if the room or location in which the new lighting fixture is to be used will be subject to humid conditions of any kind....

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I'm trying to add a new electrical outlet in my basement, and the only good source looks to be a light switch. I found a decent (except for how he never turns off the breaker!) YouTube instructional for exactly what I want to do here:

I was all ready to go, but when I pulled out the outlet, the switch was wired completely unlike what I was expecting. Here's a picture: .

This light switch is wired very differently from any that I've encountered during my research for this project. For one, the switch itself does not have a ground screw. For another, what is that red wire?

My best guess is that I would tie in the white neutral from the new outlet with the other whites, tie the ground in with the other grounds, and then tie in the black with the other blacks on the bottom screw of the light switch. Does this make...

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Can you connect a receptacle from a light outlet, but keep the receptacle hot when the light switch is off? Here is a question from a visitor on this very topic.


I have an existing light switch wired to one light. I want to add a plug continuing from the light, so how do I keep power going to plug when I turn the light off?


The answer to this depends on how the existing circuit is wired. If the power comes to the light outlet first, and then goes to the switch, then this can be done fairly easily as long as the outlet is accessible, isn’t too full of wires already because the unswitched power is available as well as the switched wire that is connected to the light.

The problem is when the power comes to the switch, and then from the switch to the light outlet (or lights), and only on a 2-wire cable. In this case, you must change the cable from the switch to the light outlet from a 2-wire to a 3-wire...

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I have a dual outlet wall receptacle with two sets of wires attached to it. I want to split this receptacle so that one outlet is...

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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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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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That's a good question!

It would be interesting to see statistics on how many people have been shocked per year for specific things like from switches or from metal wall plates attached to the switches.

Also what the specific situation was. Perhaps you need a certain set of circumstances before the problem has happened, like a metal wall plate rather than plastic AND metal electrical box AND hot wire in electrical box touching metal electrical box.

Or perhaps in rare situations an electrical switch can malfunction / break and an internal spring can connect the metal part of the switch with hot?

Or perhaps a kid sticking an ice pick type object into the switch?

I suppose someone might have had a plastic wall plate and touched the metal screws and been shocked?

Then I once was watching a "decorate your home" type show and they showed how you can "fix up" your electrical wall plates by removing them, then covering them with a thin copper sheet. They...

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Last week I described how an outlet should be wired for switch control when the voltage enters the circuit at the outlet. This setup is how our master bedroom was wired before I installed an overhead ceiling fan. As promised, I detail below how to modify this wiring setup with minimal effort so that the switch can instead control an overhead fixture. Later this week, I’ll post some before and after pics from our ceiling fan installation. Before we get started, let’s briefly review last week’s diagram:

Review of Switched Outlet Wiring (Power Enters at the Outlet)

In this diagram, voltage enters the circuit at location (A) in a standard 2-wire (+ground) Romex. The white neutral wire from this Romex is connected directly to the silver terminals on the receptacle (E), and the black hot wire is connected to the white wire running to the switch (B). The white and black wires from this Romex are connected to the switch (C). The black wire at the switch is now...

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Three Parts:Removing Old SwitchesInstalling a Double SwitchTroubleshootingCommunity Q&A

A double-switch allows you to operate two lights or appliances from the same location. Double switches, sometimes called "double pole," allow you to separately control the power being sent to multiple places from the same switch. For example, you might want to turn on a bathroom light separately from the ceiling fan. To wire a double switch, you'll need to cut the power, remove the old switch, then feed and connect the wires into the double switch fixture. Though it is not difficult to wire a double switch, careful attention to safety is crucial to prevent injury.

Note: This article only describes installing the switch itself, not rewiring two conjoined feeds that need to be separated. If you are trying to separate two lights that use the same wiring, as opposed to two already separate sources, you will likely need a trained electrician.

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David wants the electrical outlet in the bathroom to be on all the time and not just when the light switch is on. How do you wire that, he asks?

You may or may not be able to do it with the existing wires.

Start by opening up the light electrical box. Turn off the light switch. Measure the voltage between all the combinations possible of the wires present. If none of them read 110 volts, then make the same test with the wires in the outlet box. If there is no voltage present at all, then as in the first graphic, the power is coming totally through from the switch box. What you are hoping to find is a pair of wires connected to each other and not connected to either the light or the outlet. This wire will be taking the hot power line from this area, over to the switch and back, as in the second graphic.

If there is power here, you will be able to directly connect the hot and the return lines from the electrical panel to the outlet without passing through the...

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Below are some of the most common wiring diagrams you will encounter in your home for outlets, switches, and major appliances. Wiring 3 way switches seems to be the most popular topic so I've included lots of diagrams for those. Three-way switches allow you to control lights or receptacles from two points. These are commonly used for lighting in a stairway where you want a switch on each floor entering the stairway. Three-way switches are also common in hallways, garages, and kitchens.

Four-way switches are very similar in design to three-ways and are used to control lights or receptacles from three or more switch locations.

How to Wire a Light Switch

Wire a light switch

Wire a light switch (power into light)

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Wire a light switch (multiple lights and multiple switches)

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Do you have a new extension in your house that needs some nice new light fixtures? Or perhaps a fancy ceiling light you want to show off in the living room? More importantly, do you want to do all the handiwork by yourself? Well, you came to the right place to learn about the basics of switch wiring! Today, we’ll talk about 3 types of light switch wiring: one-way switch, 3-way switch, and 4-way switch.

Wiring your light switches sounds like a headache for another person (a professional electrician, to be more specific), but it can become a simple task when some groundwork is laid out for you, as what I am going to do for this article.

Just a bit of backstory on why I put this article together: there’s a light switch that’s gone loose in one of my downstairs bathrooms. I’ve ignored it for the longest time even though the wires were exposed, until one day, the light stopped working completely (So I recommend that you never ignore exposed wiring). The wiring got damaged...

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Remove the switch or outlet's wall plate. Loosen the mounting screws and carefully pull the device out of its electrical box without touching the wire terminals. Use a multimeter, set to its VAC position, to double-check the circuit for voltage. Hold one probe on the ground wire and press the other probe against each wire terminal. The meter should always read zero. If not identify the circuit breaker powering the switch or outlet and turn it off.

Take note of the wire positions on the existing device. Labeling helps keep the wires straight while working on complicated circuits, especially GFCI outlets. A GFCI outlet uses "Line" and "Load" terminals and the wire set from the circuit breaker must connect to the "Line" terminals. The new outlet or switch's wire connections will mimic the original. Normally the wire with the black insulation attaches to an outlet's "Hot" or "Live" terminals, and the white insulated wire connects to the neutral side. A standard switch should...

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Why a Light Fixture or Switch May Have a Delay
Electrical Question: Why is there a time delay when I turn on a light switch?

I have a light on a ceiling fan that is operated from two 3-way switches. When the light is turned on, there is an approximate 1 second delay before the light actually lights. Doesn’t matter which switch is used or whether the pull cord on the fan is used – the delay still exists. Installed new ceiling fan and new switches and it still does the same thing. Maybe it’s nothing bad, but it’s kind of annoying and a little disconcerting. It’s a just purchased house, so I have no idea how long this may have been going on.

This electrical wiring question came from: Walt, a Homeowner from Dallas, Texas.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Walt.

Causes of a Light Switch Delay

In my experiences there are two possible causes that would make a light switch delay. The light switch is getting worn out and needs...
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The above wiring diagram confirmed my understanding of how to wire this device so that the light Electrician describes the ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI outlet), its use, location, replacement and troubleshooting. Question: Current set up on 14/3 wire + ground with two switches. Outlet SinglePole Switch Mounting Bracket ... Installingand Testinga Switch/GFCI ... LINE cable brings power to the GFCI This white wire is HOT Browse and Read How To Wire A Gfci Outlet With A Light Switch How To Wire A Gfci Outlet With A Light Switch A solution to get the problem off, have you found it? The switch would control a new bathroom light and since there was no outlet ... How to wire gfci and a switch. Leviton 15 Amp 125-Volt Duplex Self-Test Slim GFCI Outlet, White (3-Pack) $ GFCI , or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, outlets are required by code on outdoor outlets, or any outlet near a source of water. Hi: I want to put a new GFCI combination switch and outlet into the spot where...

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Calling all MeFi electricians: why does my light switch make a popping noise, and will it kill me?

I have a light switch in my kitchen that intermittently makes a small popping noise when turned on or off. Usually it'll happen a few times in a row, and then not happen again for several weeks. I have not experienced any flickering/dimming of the light in questions and I have not seen any sparks. There have been a few times when it's happened and I have smelled a little bit of ozone (at least I think it's ozone). I have tried to google this, and it seems like the answers range from "this is going to start a fire, call an electrician immediately" to "the switch is going to stop working eventually, but it's not a safety hazard, so replace it whenever." I don't mind replacing the switch if that is what's needed, but money is tight enough so that I really, REALLY don't want to call an electrician if this is not a big deal.

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After making a couple of these, I built a bend-break to bend the aluminum. You can make the same bends the way I made the first two--by smacking the aluminum with a hammer in the jaws of a vice.

First Bend: It is best to start with the bend at the 1.5" mark first. Clamp the aluminum and bend it over to 90 degrees.

Second Bend: Flip the strip over and clamp it at the 2" mark. Bend the aluminum 90 degrees the opposite direction.
You may have to use a piece of wood to start the bend as shown in the picture above so that you don't collapse the first bend while trying to make the second one.

Third Bend: Flip the aluminum over again and clamp it at the 2.5" mark. This bend is also 90 degrees.

Fourth Bend: As mentioned in Step 3, the location of the fourth and final bend will vary with the depth of your book. This bend is in the same direction as the third...

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Speaker Wire
A History

by Roger Russell

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“It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”
----Mark Twain


For many years, wires that were used to connect speaker systems were often zip or line cord. The longer the run was, the heavier the wire that was used. There were no special speaker wires--just plain old copper wire--solid or stranded. The emergence of high tech speaker wire has raised some fundamental questions about the benefits of these new and sometimes extremely expensive wires.

Resistance in the speaker circuit is the key factor that determines loudspeaker performance. The loudspeaker circuit includes the connecting wire between the amplifier terminals and the speaker terminals, the amplifier...

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There is also a small round one-wire connector (not shown in the pictures below, mine has a black rubber cap) that has the O2 sensor voltage for testing purposes.

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Note: On later model trucks, there is no separate fuel pump test connector, rather you have to use the diagnostic test connector (shown in photo C above) and follow the test procedure outlined in the Factory Service Manual, which involves placing a jumper wire between the "Fp" and "B+" terminals (see photo D). The Timing/Diagnostic jumper terminals (E1 - TE1) are shown in photo E.

The underlying problem is most likely that the winding on the circuit opening relay (see schematic above) that is energized by the ECU STArt signal is not working properly. Lacking this signal to energize the fuel pump, I get no fuel pressure while starting, until enough air flows through the AFM to trip its fuel pump contact. I hope to get the CO relay checked out and hopefully...

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Yard-light motion sensors are a cheap and easy way to add some automation to your haunt. Just hook up power to the sensor, hook the output to an outlet, and you can control anything that runs on 120VAC. But what if you want to control something else? It turns out it’s pretty easy to modify these motion sensors so the output just acts like a normal switch or button. Here are some of the things you can control with a modded motion sensor:

LED spotlights Any Halloween prop with a “Try Me” button CD / MP3 player Fog machine Air canon PowerPoint presentation

Basically if you can control it with a switch or a button, you can control it with a motion sensor.

What you need

Yard-light motion sensor Screwdriver Soldering stuff Utility/Xacto knife Insulated wire Multi-meter

You don’t have to get fancy with the motion sensor. Good = $8 El-Cheapo unit from hardware store. Better = $0.25 unit you got from a garage sale (that’s how much I paid for the one in...

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Your iPhone is plugged in, but it’s not charging. Why won’t the iPhone charge? Is the iPhone broken? Is it time to freak out? Probably not, in fact there are some really common reasons an iPhone won’t charge, and most of the time it has nothing to do with the iPhone itself (unless it was damaged, but more on that in a moment).

How to Check if iPhone is Not Charging

First things first, how do you definitively know if an iPhone is charging the battery or not? When the device is plugged into a power source, look in the status bar for the battery icon. If there is a lightning bolt next to the battery icon, the iPhone is charging.

If the iPhone is plugged in and it’s not charging the battery whatsoever, and there is no lightning bolt next to the battery icon, read on for the likely reasons and how to fix it.

1: Check the iPhone Charging Port for Debris, Lint, Obstructions

One of the primary reasons an iPhone won’t charge is...

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