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Old 10-11-2012, 03:36 AM   #1
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I am currently in the process of remodeling a bathroom. My question: How do I add an electrical plug in my bathroom, as the only power source is the wall mounted light fixture above the vanity and the wall switch that operates the light? If any of you have suggestions please pass it on! This is my first time here and look forward to a reply.

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If you are in the US, you have to install a new 20A circuit for the bathroom and install a GFI receptacle in the bathroom.

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Is it possible to connect the power from the wall lighting fixture and add on the GFI receptacle in the bathroom? I know nothing about electrical work. I just want to know how to simply add an electrical plug based upon the power source (wall lighting fixture) Is this possible?

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How do I add an electrical plug in my bathroom, as the only power source is the wall mounted light fixture above the vanity and the wall switch that operates the light?
From your description I am assuming the power is coming into the light fixture location.

No ground wires shown for ease of drawing. The receptacle should be a GFCI receptacle.
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Below is how a receptacle would be added if the power was coming into the switch location.

Again grond wires not shown.
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Adding a new receptacle should meet the current code requirements like Kbuz stated in his post, a new 20 amp circuit back to the panel. Tying into the existing light circuit does not meet code.

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