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Old 05-13-2012, 11:16 AM   #1
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Adding Ceiling Light

I recently bought an older home built in the late 1960's. None of the bedrooms had a ceiling light. Each room had a light switch at the door that controlled the outlet on the same wall. I've been able to wire three of the rooms so that the outlet is always on and the ceiling light is then controlled by the switch. I attempted to do the same in another bedroom and found something slightly different. I'm not completely sure how to rewire the outlet so that it's always on and have the switch control the ceiling light I'm about to install. Below is the link I used for the other bedrooms and two drawings one of the current spec and one of what I would like to do. The outlets are bridged in the diagram so both top and bottom are currently controlled by the switch.

Link I've used in the last few bedrooms for reference.

Current drawing:

Drawing with ceiling light:

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At the receptacle:

Wire nut the 3 blacks (in, out and to the switch) together with a short pigtail connected to the gold (brass) receptacle terminal.

Wire nut the 3 whites (in, out and to the switch) together with a short pigtail connected to the silver receptacle terminal .

At the switch:

Wire nut the 2 whites together but do not connect to switch.

Connect the black from the receptacle to the switch.

Connect the black from the light to the other switch terminal.
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What was different in this room as compared to the others that you were successfully able to wire so that the receptacle is always hot and the wall switch controls a ceiling light????
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:00 PM   #4
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Thank you!

The difference with this room was that the outlet had two romex in addition to the switch romex. The other rooms only had a total of two romex, one incoming power and one to the switch. The third romex was a surprise for this room. I had an idea of what to do but a second opinion here would make me feel better.

Thanks again!
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