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Converting a Light Switch into an Outlet


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Wire a Light Switch to Become an Outlet – A switch can be converted into an outlet if the wiring can be identified back at the source and one of the wires (the neutral or white) can be connected to the neutral source.


Light Switch Conversion Requires Identifying Existing Wiring

Electrical Question: Can you make a light switch into a outlet?

This electrical wiring question came from: Walter , a Homeowner from USA
Additional Comments: This website is very helpful, it helped me when I was remodeling some of my house.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Walter .

How to Wire a Light Switch to Become an Outlet

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

  • Yes, a switch can be converted into an outlet if the wiring can be identified back at the source and one of the wires (the neutral or white) can be connected to the neutral source.
  • As you will see from the wiring diagrams provided from the links below, typically the white wire is used as a switch leg.
  • So basically the two wires used for the switch will need to be positively identified, then removed from the configuration it now has, and then spliced to the hot and neutral source. Be very careful to note the existing wring configurations before anything is changed.
  • This is best done by a qualified electrician who will be able to positively identify the existing wiring and make the desire changes.

The Following will assist you with your Light Switch Conversion
Light Switch Wiring

Wiring Diagrams

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One Response to “Converting a Light Switch into an Outlet”
  1. Marty says:

    I want to convert a light switch to a switch with an outlet.
    The switch currently controls two lights in the bathroom.
    Guy at Ace hardware showed me a switch with an outlet and said to wire identical to the original and break of the little tab. This will keep the outlet always hot and the original lights on the switch.
    Is it as easy as that ?


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