01:53PM | 10/17/04
Member Since: 10/16/04
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I have recently replaced my light fixture in my bathroom. The old fixture had an outlet built into the base. The wires from the old fixture were 2 blacks and 2 whites. The two blacks were hooked to the one black in the wall box and the two whites were hooked to the one white. The new fixture had just one black, one white and one green. I hooked the black to the black, the white to the white. No problem, light is awesome. Now, I want to change the light switch that operates the light to one that has the switch/outlet combination.

The instructions on the box said hook the black to the top left screw, the white to the bottom right screw, and run a jumper from the top right to the bottom left. It also said to break out the metal tab on the left side. Did all this and I finally got the switch to work on the light, but the outlet won't work. I talked to another forum and they said it is not possible to do this, but others have said it is. WIll this work? The only wires in the switch box is a black and a white. Please help me.

Tom O

04:05AM | 10/18/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
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With only two wires in your switch box, you will not be able to jave a receptacle at that location just using the existing wires. Besides that, any receptacle you install in the bathroom must be ground fault protected. Unless your existing circuit is ground fault protected by a circuit breaker, you will need to install a ground fault protected receptacle.

If you want a receptacle in this bathroom, I suggest you pull in a new circuit just for that receptacle. Considering the multi-megawatt hairdryers on the market, this is not overkill.



04:16AM | 10/18/04
Member Since: 10/16/04
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Thanks for your explanation on this matter. Others I talked to said no I couldn't do it but didn;t really explain why only that I didn't have enough wires. They said nothing about the fault protection. It makes sense since that is what we used the old outlet for was a hairdryer. I appreciate you explaining it in words that I can understand. I will get someone to run the needed wires for me, since I am not even prepared to attempt a task like that, and go back and purchase the correct switch. Again thanks so very much.


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