Converting switched outlet to ceiling light

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JCariero1963
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Converting switched outlet to ceiling light

Post by JCariero1963 » Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:23 pm

Hello. I have switch on wall which operates a outlet in bedroom . It has three wires and a ground . Red wire is to switch . Black wire is pigtailed to bottom of switch . White wires are all together. Its
also is feeding another outlet. Not sure if power is coming from outlet or not . I wish to add a ceiling light to this switch and keep outlet live all the time .
Thank you

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Shannon
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Re: Converting switched outlet to ceiling light

Post by Shannon » Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:10 am

So you could turn off the breaker and disconnect the red from switch and add it to the pigtailed blacks, this will power the half of the plug that was switched before. The new 14/2 coming from new light would have the black connected to switch where the red was and the white connected to all the other whites.

Actually IMO a better way to deal with the red is to actually disconnect the end at the switch and duplex and cap it on both ends, remove the duplex and replace it with a new one. Hook the black wire to a brass screw and a white to silver screw, ground to ground screw. The reason for this is that if you leave the red involved and someone down the road does not know what they are doing and installed a new duplex and hoped it up like it was with a white ,red and black wire but did not know to remove the little tab on the side between the to hot sockets on the duplex, they would blow the breaker when it was turned back on and may not know why.
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