Installation of combination light switch outlet
August 24, 2011 1:19 PM Subscribe
I have a former light switch that I want to convert to a combination plate
where the switch toggles power to the accompanying outlet. However, there are some details that leave me uncertain whether or not this can be accomplished without a certified electrician.
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posted by CancerMan to Home & Garden (8 answers total)
The switch previously toggled the bedroom light. We had an electrician install a ceiling fan with light that is now controlled by a battery remote, and he replaced the switch with a blank panel. I opened the panel and it looks like he pigtailed
the wiring inside. I can only see a white and black wire.
Is it possible to install an outlet in this box? I do not know if the electrician did any sort of rearrangement of wiring, so my guess is that this could still be "live" to the ceiling fan by providing continual current (how can I tell? voltmeter?). If this is the case, could I wire the outlet such that when the ceiling fan light is turned off, the outlet is powered? What would I need to do?
I appreciate any help. I'd like to avoid the cost of labor if I can do this myself with only an average of homeowner handyman experience.
And since I am invariably asked why, the reason I want to install this outlet is pretty superficial. It's because I bought a blue canary night light
and since the remote is now the light switch... well. Yeah.