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Old 09-11-2011, 12:48 AM  
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If you only have two wires then you can 't do it. You have hot in and switched hot back to the fixture. You don't have the return wire to use for a receptacle. Doesn't matter if it is 120 or 240. You need three wires to make a switch receptacle combo work.

Looking at the pictures it appears that (on the back image) power in goes to the terminal with the brown wire(right). Return power goes to the left connection(this is the wire you are missing). Ground goes to the upper connection. Fixture switched power goes to the red wire.
A local electrician says that it can be done and he's going to swing by and do it (for free) as he doesn't trust me to do it. He's going to bridge two of the connections on the back of the socket.

I will let you know how it goes.


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Old 09-11-2011, 10:29 PM  
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Having a pro do it is the best idea. Joe didn't realize it was all in one box.


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Old 09-12-2011, 06:36 AM  
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If you only have two wires it can't be done by anyone. If he makes it works then I want pictures of the unit with the wries attached before he installs it so I can see how he wired it.
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Old 09-12-2011, 02:14 PM  
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If you only have two wires it can't be done by anyone. If he makes it works then I want pictures of the unit with the wries attached before he installs it so I can see how he wired it.
A guy is coming on Wednesday and if it works I'll take pictures ;-)
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:46 PM  
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Hi,

just to let you know that the guy that was going to do the job with only two wires never arrived.

My son-in-law came by last night and both the socket and light are now working.

He did of course have to bring in another wire, which he did very quickly, from a ceiling light.

He also changed the jumper on the plug however because he said that it was wired so that the the light would be on all the time and the socket would work via the switch.

Why anybody would want that, I can't imagine.

Anyway, thank you all for the feedback!

I guess these cowboys who say, "yeah I'll come fix it" and don't know how to do it, exist everywhere.

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JoeD; sorry I thought the light was in the same fixture!


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