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Old 08-26-2013, 08:01 PM   #1
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I have a room with no ceiling light, but I do have a switched outlet. I think the power must enter the outlet because at the switch I have a ground, white, and black all connected to the switch. How do I go about wiring this switch to also control a ceiling light ?

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Also what would i have to do to have a fan switch and light switch ?

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Drop a wire from the fan box to the switch.
Rewire the receptacle to be hot all the time so you would have a neutral at the switch location.

If you want 2 switches, then you need to drop a 12 or 14 X3 cable to the switch.
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To rewire the outlet to be hot, you would open up the outlet with power off. There should be a black wire wirenutted to a white wire that goes to the switch and the black wire that comes from the switch which goes to the outlet. Take the wirenutted black and attach it to the outlet. Take the white switch wire and put it on the silver screw on outlet and black switch wire and put it on the hot side. In the switch box, disconnect tl the white wire from the switch as it will now be your neutral

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Also what would i have to do to have a fan switch and light switch ?
I would do 12 or 14/3 from the switch box up to fan box. In the switch box, take the black wire and make two pigtails for each switch. Take the red wire and put it on the switch closest to the door and the black wire that goes with the red to the second switch. Wirenut the two whites together and grounds. In fan box, connect the ground to green wire on fan and box, if metal. Wirenut both whites together. Wirenut red wire from switch to blue, or whatever color the light wire is. And connect black to black for fan.
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Drop a wire from the fan box to the switch.
Rewire the receptacle to be hot all the time so you would have a neutral at the switch location.

If you want 2 switches, then you need to drop a 12 or 14 X3 cable to the switch.
Or, if you want the outlets to still be on a switch and it is possible to pull a new wire from outlet to switch, pull a 12-3 or 14-3 from the outlet to the switch, wire black to black, white to white, ground to ground, and red to outlet, then other side wire white to white (ceiling light/fan) red to switch, and black to a pigtail and the other switches (with a possibility of three, one for outlet, one for light, one for fan).

Good luck on your project
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Okay. I just looked at the outlet box and I didn't realize that only half is switched, half always hot. There is a third cable in the outlet box as well, I think it feeds outlets in the next bedroom.

I don't care if the outlet is switched or not in the future, sounds like less work to just make it always hot.

I have wired my entire basement finish, as well as added a sub panel with no problems upon inspection so I am comfortable doing the work. Maybe I am just over complicating it in my thinking. . . but how do I make the outlet always hot in this scenario, to get the neutral to the switch and on to the fan/light ?

Is there a diagram that can help me ?

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There is a time to realize that you are in over your head. This is that time. You have no idea what you are doing and are asking for a step by step hand holding thru this job. There are people out there that can do this job for you about 2 hours...they are called electricians. Call one.
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Nope, as I said I was just confused by thewording. Drew a picture instead, and everything is working fine. Outlet was tested by outlet tester and fan and light both work on the switch. Thanks for your help

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