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HuskyFan 07-17-2012 12:16 AM

Switched to always on outlet
 
In my bathroom I have a ceiling light fixture and an outlet in the wall. Both are controlled with the same switch. The neutral wire is in the ceiling fixture.

Besides changing out the fixture for one of those combo outlet/light socket fixtures, do I have any other options to make my outlet always on?

k_buz 07-17-2012 12:22 AM

Maybe, maybe not. It would depend on what wires are present at each location.

HuskyFan 07-17-2012 12:23 AM

The outlet and the switch are just the hot and .... the names's escaping me at the moment for the other one. Switch and outlet are two wires each. No neutral at the outlet or switch, just at the light.

k_buz 07-17-2012 12:25 AM

The outlet has to have a neutral or anything you plugged in wouldn't work.

joed 07-17-2012 08:08 AM

Open the light and tell us the wires in the light. I suspect the hot from the receptacle can be moved to the connection with the black and white wire and then be hot all the time.

It could have been wired that way on purpose. Someone didn't want the possibility to leave the curling on when leaving the room?

HuskyFan 07-17-2012 12:48 PM

I haven't the foggiest idea what's going on in here. All I know is that both the switch and the outlet have a white and a black; not that the colors correspond to anything.

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frenchelectrican 07-17-2012 01:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HuskyFan (Post 967971)
I haven't the foggiest idea what's going on in here. All I know is that both the switch and the outlet have a white and a black; not that the colors correspond to anything.

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Very simple .,,

Right now you have switch loop connection to order to switchover to constant live receptale you will have to take one black conductor from the bottom right ( one without paint stick on )to top left wire nut ( you will have to get new wirenut anyway) that will useally take care of it.

Make sure the power is off before you do that switchover.

And add a black tape or marker to remark that single white conductor with two other black conductor first before you start take that part so you know that is NOT a netural.

Bon Chance.

Merci,
Marc

HuskyFan 07-17-2012 01:02 PM

Thank you!

joed 07-17-2012 01:03 PM

Top left you have two blacks connected to a white. That white should go down to the switch.
Lower right you have two blacks and the light connection. Find the black that is in the same cable as the white on the top left. Connect it to the light fixture. Take the left over black from the previous step and connect it with the top left two blacks and the white.
Leave the bundle of whites alone. You don't need to make any changes there.

Don't worry the white is supposed to be with the blacks. It is part of a switch loop.


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