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Old 11-19-2013, 07:52 PM   #1
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Hi all. I am new to the site and hoping for some help with a wiring issue. I have an electrical outlet that is controlled by a light switch (the switch also controls the overhead lights). I'd like to make the outlet constant and leave the switch to only control the lights.

I removed the boxes for the outlet and the switch and they both look pretty standard, one black, one white, and one ground wire. When I checked the light fixture box, i have three black, two white and two grounds (One of each going to the light fixture).

Does anyone know how i can tweak the wiring in the lights to make the outlet constant? Thanks in advance

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If the receptacle just has one cable you will need to find the other end and splice the black to the constant hot.

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Hi all. I am new to the site and hoping for some help with a wiring issue. I have an electrical outlet that is controlled by a light switch (the switch also controls the overhead lights). I'd like to make the outlet constant and leave the switch to only control the lights.

I removed the boxes for the outlet and the switch and they both look pretty standard, one black, one white, and one ground wire. When I checked the light fixture box, i have three black, two white and two grounds (One of each going to the light fixture).

Does anyone know how i can tweak the wiring in the lights to make the outlet constant? Thanks in advance
r.e: Above in bold. Are you counting the fixture wires in the above count? Is this wiring in conduit?
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Yes, I am counting the fixture wires when I say there are three of each. I'm not sure about it being a conduit. Would it be possible to replace the toggle switch with a dimmer switch? I was thinking I could dim the switch so that it's basically off, but the power would still go to the light and outlet.
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Yes, I am counting the fixture wires when I say there are three of each. I'm not sure about it being a conduit. Would it be possible to replace the toggle switch with a dimmer switch? I was thinking I could dim the switch so that it's basically off, but the power would still go to the light and outlet.

It is a code violation to use a dimmer on a switched receptacle (and it will not work like you want).

Tell us how many wires and colors are in the fixture box not counting the fixture wires.
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I"ve got two black wires and two white wires that do not go to the light fixture. Each set of these is capped with a third wire which only runs to the fixture.
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If there is only three wires at the switch, including earth,
Then it is most likely a switch loop, which means power
first goes to the fixture.
We need to know more about the wires at the fixture,
How many ? What color ? Where do they go ?
A picture would be very helpful !

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