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44070dart 05-03-2010 08:56 AM

Combination switch and outlet
bought a combination switch/outlet for my ceiling ( pool table light ) construction basement..there is a pull chain light there with just the 3 wires ...I want to power the outlet by the switch ....threw the box out no instructions I have the right switch.. how do I wire ..thanks

secutanudu 05-03-2010 09:36 AM

What is the make/model of the switch? Can you take a picture?

HooKooDooKu 05-03-2010 10:12 AM

I assume you are talking about a switch combo something like what is shown here:

I also assume you have a white, black, and bare wire for your three wires.

While I don't have a switch like this in hand to review, I would think the way to wire it (based on looking at the front of the device as shown in the picture above), the bare wire goes to the ground screw near the bottom. The black (hot) wire should go to the top left terminal next to the switch. The two terminals on the right should be wired together. The white (neutral) should go to the bottom left terminal next to the receptical. That way, the switch provides switched power to the HOT of the outlet, with the outlet always properly connected to neutral.

The basic idea is to have the hot (black) of the outlet to be supplied from the switch (you want to make sure the neutral isn't switched, because if you do, the setup will still work, but the situation is dangerous because power would still be supplied to the lights/outlet when the switch is off).

joed 05-03-2010 02:51 PM

You are going to need a 14/3 cable(black, red, white bare).
At the ceiling light.
disconnect the light wire from the black. Connect it to the new red wire.
Connect t he new black to the old black.
Connect the new white to the old whites.

At the switch.

Connect the black to the double gold screw on one side. Tis is common power to the switch and the receptacle.
Connect the red to the single gold screw on the other side.
Connect the white to the single silver screw on the other side.
Connect the bare to the green ground screw.

44070dart 05-03-2010 07:00 PM

thank you gentlemen :thumbup:

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