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Installing a Combination Switch Outlet


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Wire a Leviton Combination Switch Outlet: Wiring a Combination Switch, Combo 3Way Switch Wiring, Switches and White Wires.


Guide to Wiring a Combination Switch Outlet

Electrical Question: I have a new Leviton Decora 5645-A combination 3-way switch and grounding receptacle that I want to install at the end of the line.

  • One light is located in the middle and the power is coming into the 3-way switch at beginning of line.
  • A 3 wire cable is installed between the twp three way switches and a light, 2 wire power in.
  • How do I get continues power to the receptacle at the end of the line and still have 3-way switch?

Dan

This electrical wiring question came from: Dan, from Rochester, New York.

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

How to Wire a Leviton Combination Switch Outlet

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

  • Wiring a Combination Switch
    A combination switch outlet may not be installed at the location where it is the end of the three way switch wiring because there is no neutral wire present.
  • Combo 3Way Switch Wiring
    The combination switch outlet may be installed at the beginning of the three way switch location where the hot, neutral and ground wires are available.
  • Switches and White Wires
    You must keep in mind that switching does not involve a neutral wire, and just because a White Wire is present and used for switching does not mean that the white wire is a neutral wire, but in fact is most likely a white wire that is being used to as a switched power leg.

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