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scott23 12-11-2013 07:00 AM

Power to light then switch, outlet between?
 
This looks like a great forum and I am hoping someone can help.

I have power coming into a light fixture which then goes to the switch. The wall in between currently has some of the sheetrock off for some other work and I have access to the wiring in between and to the switch but not all the way up to the fixture itself. How can I add an outlet between the fixture and switch? The wire is 12-2(maybe 14-2). Is this possible without 3 wire?

ohmy 12-11-2013 07:04 AM

You will have to see how the circuit is wired. If the switch is "key" which means the original electrician only sent a switch leg down to the switch from the light you cannot use it. If you have a neutral than you can.

The easiest way to check is to see how many wires come from the switch box. If there is only one, I highly doubt you have a neutral which means you need to get your power somewhere else. If there are multiple wires coming from your switch box then you might have a neutral and could tie into that box.

nealtw 12-11-2013 07:08 AM

Only if the wire to the switch is 14/3 or 12/3 and welcome to the site.

ohmy 12-11-2013 07:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nealtw (Post 97067)
Only if the wire to the switch is 14/3 or 12/3 and welcome to the site.

What if its a dead end 3-way? If its a 12/3 or 14/3, it's most likely for a 3-way tapped in the fixture and will not have a neutral.

scott23 12-11-2013 07:50 AM

There is a white, black and ground wire from the light to the switch. Here is an image.(yellow is the white) I want to add the outlet between them. I currently only have access to the wiring from the proposed outlet to the switch. If I had to I could run another wire from the switch to the outlet.

http://i40.tinypic.com/1yl6dj.png

nealtw 12-11-2013 07:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ohmy (Post 97068)
What if its a dead end 3-way? If its a 12/3 or 14/3, it's most likely for a 3-way tapped in the fixture and will not have a neutral.

He or I said nothing about a 3-way. Many people will confuse the white of a switch leg for neutral. so the easier answer is "no"

nealtw 12-11-2013 07:55 AM

As pointed out the white and black carry power to and from the switch and you don't have neutral so you would need another wire to the light box.

scott23 12-11-2013 08:02 AM

Thanks everyone for the very quick replies, this forum rocks. I was afraid of that answer though.

So with adding no wiring, could I at least add an outlet knowing it will be off when the light is off?

JoeD 12-11-2013 08:21 AM

No you can not. You do not have a neutral wire.


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