I am adding some shop lights over my workbench, and wish to replace a common
2 receptacle outlet with a combination outlet, switch. The switch would
control the light, the outlet avialable for a power strip for hand tools.
The existing outlets are all on one circuit, run in sequence, and they are
I tried to wire it but it does not work - neither the switch nor the outlet.
I have run the two black wires (incoming/ougoing) to a terminal on one side.
The two white wires to a terminal on the other side. The ground to the
ground. The electical cable coming from the shop light is then wired to the
black/white posts on the lower part where the switch is located.
I get nothing. Any suggestions, wiring diagrams you can refer me to?
There's a chance that the only problem is the misplaced white
wire, but just in case, from step 1:
On one side of the switch/outlet the two screws should be the
same color and you should see a little removeable tab between
them in the flat portion underneath the screws. That's your
hot side. *don't* break out the tab, attach your incoming and
outgoing black wires to those 2 screws (doesn't matter w/w).
The screw on the outlet half (it should be on the longer blade
side of the outlet) gets a white pigtail to *all* of the existing
white wires, including the one from the light fixture. The last
remaining screw is your switched hot, that gets the black from
the light fixture.
Be careful, make sure you know which screws are which before you
Bk (-|==: |==|-) Whites (OUTLET)
(existing) | o HALF
Bk (-|===/ ==|-) Bk Fixture (SWITCH)
Baisez-les s'ils ne peuvent pas prendre une plaisanterie
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