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How Do I Wire A Receptacle From A Light Outlet, But Keep It Hot When Light Is Off


B&K Electric – The Go-To Electrician for Cranston, Warwick, and all of Rhode Island

For homeowners in zip code 02907 of Cranston, Providence, Rhode Island, electrical issues can be a common occurrence. Whether it’s a faulty outlet, a tripping circuit breaker, or an outdated electrical panel, finding a reliable and trustworthy electrician is crucial. This is where B&K Electric comes in – a family-owned and operated electrical business that has been proudly serving the residents of Cranston, Warwick, and all of Rhode Island for over seventeen years.

At B&K Electric, we understand that electrical problems can be a major inconvenience and even a safety hazard. That’s why we take immense pride in our community and go above and beyond to provide exceptional customer service to our clients. Our team of highly skilled and licensed electricians specializes in electrical repair, panel maintenance, and installation services, making us the go-to electrician for residential and commercial clients in the Warwick area and the greater Providence area.

As a licensed electrician, we are often asked about various electrical tasks and how to handle them without compromising safety. One common question we receive is, How do I wire a receptacle from a light outlet and keep it hot when the light is off? In this article, we will delve into this topic and provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to properly wire a receptacle from a light outlet while keeping it hot when the light is off.

Understanding Electrical Wiring Basics

Before we dive into the steps, it’s essential to understand some basics of electrical wiring. An electrical circuit is comprised of a power source, a load, and conductors that connect them. Power is supplied by your electrical panel, and a load is anything that draws current from the circuit, such as lights, appliances, or even outlets.

There are two types of circuits – parallel and series. In a parallel circuit, the current flows through each connected load individually, whereas in a series circuit, the same current flows through each connected load. For this task of wiring a receptacle from a light outlet, we will focus on a parallel circuit.

Tools and Materials Needed

To successfully wire a receptacle from a light outlet, you will need the following tools and materials:

– Wire cutters/strippers

– Voltage tester

– Pliers

– Electric tape

– Screwdriver

– Electrical wire

– Receptacle and outlet box

– Wire nuts

Step 1: Turn Off the Power

The first and most important step in any electrical task is to ensure that the power is turned off. Locate the circuit breaker connected to the outlet you will be working on and turn it off. To be safe, use a voltage tester to make sure there is no power running to the outlet before proceeding.

Step 2: Remove the Old Outlet

Using a screwdriver, unscrew the outlet from the outlet box and gently pull it out. Examine the wires connected to the outlet and note their positions. Most outlets will have two black (hot) wires, two white (neutral) wires, and two bare or green (ground) wires.

Step 3: Prepare the Wires

Using wire strippers, strip approximately ¾ inch of insulation from the ends of the black and white wires. Using pliers, twist the bare ends of each set of wires together, so they form one solid wire.

Step 4: Wire the Receptacle from the Light Outlet

Locate the black wire that was previously connected to the outlet and loosen its screw. Attach one end of the new black wire to this screw and tighten it, secure the other end to the gold-colored screw on the receptacle, and tighten it as well. Repeat this process for the white wires, attaching one end to the silver screw on the outlet and the other end to the white wire previously connected to the old outlet.

Step 5: Connect the Ground Wire

Twist the two bare or green ground wires together and attach them to the green screw on the receptacle. If your outlet box has a grounding screw, attach the ground wire to it instead.

Step 6: Secure the Receptacle

Carefully tuck the wiring back into the outlet box and secure the receptacle with screws. Make sure to leave enough room for the wires to fit comfortably inside the box.

Step 7: Turn on the Power and Test the Outlet

After turning the power back on, use a voltage tester to make sure the outlet has power. Once confirmed, plug in a device to the new receptacle and make sure it is working correctly.

Congratulations, you have successfully wired a receptacle from a light outlet while keeping it hot when the light is off! It is always recommended to have a licensed electrician perform any electrical tasks to ensure safety and compliance with electrical codes. If you encounter any difficulties, do not hesitate to call B&K Electric for professional assistance.


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