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Old 07-15-2010, 05:15 PM   #1
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I would like to add a ceiling fixture to a room that currently has 2 half-switched outlets and 1 single-pole wall switch that controls them. Power is coming into one of the outlets, then to the switch and other outlet.

Can I add 14/3 from the switch to the new ceiling fixture to do this? I want to replace the existing switch with a combo light/fan dimmer.

Diagram would be helpful.

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Old 07-15-2010, 05:21 PM   #2
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If the power comes into the switch first, then this is not complicated.
If you only have a black and white wire at the switch, then is becomes a little more complicated.

The first question we need answered is the number of wires in the switch box.

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There are 2 wires in the switch, a black and a white. The black is hot.
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Right now you do not have a neutral in the switch box.
You need to open the two switched receptales and tell us how they are wired, then it will be easy to give an answer.
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Bottom half of both receptacles is switched. Top half on both is always hot.

First receptacle has two cables entering. One is 12/2 wire and the other is 12/3 wire.
Looking at the receptacle from the front:
White from 12/2 goes to top left screw
White from 12/3 goes to bottom left screw
Red from 12/3 goes to bottom right screw
Blacks are tied together and go to top right screw
Tab is broken off.

Second receptacle has one 12/3 wire.
White to top left
Red to bottom right
Black to top right
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The more I look at this, I don't really see where the power is coming from. It doesn't seem to be coming into either receptacle or the switch. Maybe a junction box in the attic?
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Somewhere you need another wire.
The white from the switch is tied to a black, and the black from the switch will be tied to the bottom of the receptacles.
Since the current wiring is 12, then you must use 12 to feed the light.
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The more I look at this, I don't really see where the power is coming from. It doesn't seem to be coming into either receptacle or the switch. Maybe a junction box in the attic?
I don't think you will find one in the attic.
What you need to look for is a receptacle with 2 12/3 and 1 12/2.
I take it that the switch receptacles are located on each side of the bed, or oppisite walls.

Once you find the receptale with the switch leg. then we can get this rewired.

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