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I have two light switches in one box. wired for two light fixtures. I want to remove one switch and make it an outlet. how is this wired?

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Most likely you can't unless there is a neutral wire in the box too. The wires going to the switch cannot be connected directly to an outlet because there is not a complete circuit for an outlet.

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Here is a Link to EnergyStar's Choosing & Installing a Ceiling Fan. It provides detailed wiring information that should prove to be very helpful to you. :-)

Posted on May 04, 2010

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The green wire is ground, the white is neutral, and the black it hot. I really do not understand the question, as the pull chain for the light switch is black and usually there is like blue wire for the lighting kit( which is marked light) as the light sits under the fan housing. The power is wired up top black to black , white to white, and green to ground. Unless you are using two switches one for the light and the other for the fan. I hope this helped Tim

Posted on Oct 24, 2010

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well if you want to control the oulet with the switch yes you can , by running a jumper from the switch load side wich is on the top of the switch and has the leters off to the hot side of the receptacle but if the receptacle is hot from a diferent source or circuit you will need to disable that hot wire from the receptacle to be able to control it with the switch.......

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if its a duel switch that controls lights, and the fan seperately. sounds like the power for the lights is going directly to the fan, and therefore making the lights work also. also check out switch, make sure power is only going to the lights, with light switch on.

Posted on May 01, 2011

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Unfortunately, Mark it's really not as simple as it sounds, to connect the wires properly. Because of that third red traveler wire for the 3-way switch. Actually, ceiling fans don't work well, when a 3-way switch is involved, because it was designed only for lighting convenience. When the fan is turned on, the other ceiling lights will start to glow, whether they are ON or not..

You would be much better served if you can locate another line to come off of and wire to that. Of course,y you won't have the convenience of a wall switch to operate it. But, that's what the pull chains on the fan are for.

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You can connect a 12-2 NM W/G cable to one of the outlets. Black-to-black and white-to-white and ground-to-ground. Black is hot, white is neutral, and ground is ground. And bring that cable into a hollow-wall box you install 50" high on the wall. Then run the 12-2 cable up to your light fixture.
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Outlets have wide blade on neutral side, and narrow blade on hot side.
The black hot wires from old outlet connect to side of combo device with narrow blade.
The white neutrals from old outlet, and new wire going to switch, all connect to silver screw on wide-blade side of new combo device.
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Untwist wire nuts.
Attach new light fixture wires same way as old was removed.
Make sure black wire goes to black wire on light. White to white, green to bare copper.

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Both the fan and light have ceased to function!!!


As an electrician, this is a fairly common problem with any kind of fixture - not limited just to paddle fans. The problem is likely a loose connection in the ceiling box, or even elsewhere in the circuit, as the chance that both the fan and light failed at the same time is very slim. Since the fixture is a paddle fan - when it is operated it causes movement and is a dynamic load - as a opposed to a static load that a non-moving simple light fixture would present. The constant movement can loosen a connection over time. Before we go any further, operate any speed control / light switch on the fixture itself to make sure they haven't been accidentally set to the off position.

Shut off the power. Loosen the screws on the cover or canopy that that will allow access to the wiring compartment in the ceiling. LOOK for anything obviously loose. You may need to have someone hold the fixture once you remove it from the hanger to see the connections - or simply disconnect the fixture wires from the house wiring completely. There may be 2 or 3 wires besides any bare or green ground wire that supplies the fixture. Photograph or otherwise mark the wires before removing the fixture wires.

Turn the power back on, and use a tester (preferably a meter) to see if power is present on the ceiling box wires that supplied the fixture. If present, the problem lies in the fixture wiring or individual fan / light pull chain switches. Wires do not fail along unbroken lengths unless cut. They will fail at places they are joined together. There may be a wiring compartment in the light fixture that has a loose connection. Inspect for loose or bad connections with power off and continue testing as above until you isolate the bad connection.

If there was no power in the ceiling earlier when the power was restored, there is a break elsewhere between the power source and the ceiling box. You'll have to look in switch boxes and outlet boxes in the room and possibly adjoining rooms to find the loose connection. It may even be in an adjoining room's ceiling box, too. This is a labor intensive job - and can take some time to locate and repair. Take your time and only turn power on when ready to check for the presence of power.

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Should a twoway room fixture actually be a three way ?!?!


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I think what you are asking about is what electricians refer to as a "three way switch"
This is basically one outlet or device connected to two wall switches. 1) switch, 2) outlet or light fixture, and 3) another wall switch, three components, thus a three way switch. Installing or converting a fixture or outlet from standard to three way is something i would recommend contracting out to a licensed electrician. Unless you are really comfortable with electrical work.
It is a possibility that your wall outlets are already set up to be a three way switch. A lot of houses have this feature especially at the top and bottom of a stairway, depending on when your house was built. If it is not already configured it could mean stringing new wire behind the drywall which most often means tearing some of the drywall out so that it can be stapled to the studs and meet required building codes.
If, before the changes were made, you were able to turn on the light from either of the wall switches then you will only need to connect the wiring correctly at each of the components.
If you google 3-way switch you will find a ton of great info and wiring diagrams that will help you see exactly what goes into making them work, since they can be wired more than one way. It could help you decide whether or not it is a job you want to tackle on your own or if you want to hire a contractor.
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As I understand it you have a live circuit going to a light fixture that had a switch built into it. You have removed the fixture and now you want to run this wire to another location and install a switch in the circuit.

You will be extinding these two wires (white and black + ground) to the new location. No problem ... Somewhere between where you start and where you finish, you will break the black wire and install a single pole switch. All connecctions must happen inside a electrical box.

So, install the new wire in the box where you will start your extension. Run to the new switch box. You dont even have to cut the white wire. You will wrap the green or ground around the ground screw on the switch, Cut the black wire . put one end under one side screw, put the other end under the other side screw. From this box run your wire to the next box where you will install your fixture.

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