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Old 07-23-2012, 12:59 PM   #1
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I need to add an outlet in my bathroom where i only have a switch and light. The house was built in the 70s and has original wiring. I was planning on adding a box kinda close to the switch...i have complete access on the other side and can see the switch box. My problem is i know how to add one with regular wiring but this light switch has only two wires coming in...one black and white...no ties or splits. At the light in the wall there are ties. I have new wire, an outlet, ties, tools and more.

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The wiring at your switch is called a switch loop. You do not have a neutral which is needed for the receptacle in that box. You have a constant hot and a switched hot.

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So the nuetral didnt go through the box, it went straight to the light?
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Thanks. I found some diagrams online
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