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 rslove 10-22-2013 05:26 PM

Wiring

i have power coming to the switch with two wire then it goes to an overhead light. I would like to then run the wire from the light to a recp. Is there a way to keep the recp. live when the switch is off for the light

 beenthere 10-22-2013 07:04 PM

Moved to Electrical forum.

 Jim Port 10-22-2013 07:25 PM

Not if you only have a 2 wire cable from the switch to the light.

 sublime2 10-22-2013 07:34 PM

How many wires are at the light?
The wire running to the switch, are they black and white?
If they are, odds are the power is at the light.

 romex1220 10-22-2013 08:32 PM

If you have a black and white wire attached to the switch, then yes you can run power from the light to your outlet. If you have two blacks on the switch and capped white wires, then you can either pull a three conductor wire from the switch to the light, pull power from the switch box, or just run a new circuit (recommended)

 dmxtothemax 10-22-2013 11:32 PM

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 Originally Posted by rslove (Post 1256733) i have power coming to the switch with two wire then it goes to an overhead light. I would like to then run the wire from the light to a recp. Is there a way to keep the recp. live when the switch is off for the light
No you cannot run a recepticule from a switch loop !
As there is no neutral or ground there.
You must come from the light,
Cause that's were the neutral and hopefully the ground is !

 stickboy1375 10-23-2013 12:04 AM

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 Originally Posted by dmxtothemax (Post 1256944) No you cannot run a recepticule from a switch loop ! As there is no neutral or ground there. You must come from the light, Cause that's were the neutral and hopefully the ground is !
In the US, grounds are required at switch locations.... :whistling2:

 Philly Master 10-23-2013 04:56 AM

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 Originally Posted by dmxtothemax (Post 1256944) No you cannot run a recepticule from a switch loop ! As there is no neutral or ground there. You must come from the light, Cause that's were the neutral and hopefully the ground is !
FROM THE SWITCH location .. OP said power comes to the switch ...

 dmxtothemax 10-23-2013 04:35 PM

OK !
If power and neutral goes first to the switch,
Then YES ! you can run power to a recepticule,
But remember you need to have Neutral and hot,
Not just a hot.

So if your sure that a neutral is there, your fine !

Don't forget to ground it too !

 Philly Master 10-23-2013 06:01 PM

Quote:
 Originally Posted by rslove (Post 1256733) i have power coming to the switch with two wire then it goes to an overhead light. I would like to then run the wire from the light to a recp. Is there a way to keep the recp. live when the switch is off for the light

if you open up the switch and the are 2 cables 2 whites and 2 blacks .....and the whites are tied together and the remaining 2 blacks go to each screw of the switch then you have the FEED there ....

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