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Installing a Leviton 5225 switch with outlet.

I want to increase lighting over a work area. I have an unswitched florescent worklight that I thought I could control by installing a Leviton 5225 switch with outlet.

There is an available standard outlet with two receptacles. I believe it must be in the middle of a run of outlets as there are two black wires and two white wires.

I tried wiring the switch but the circuit breaker keeps throwing. Is it possible, and if so, how do I accomplish what I need?

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A switch is wired using the hot wires only, the black wire. It is simply a break in the line so that when the switch is off no power flows and when the switch is on the power does flow.

You are correct that the middle outlet would have two black wires and two white wires.

If you want to tap into that middle outlet and run power up the wall I suggest you look into some wiremold products. Go to their website, or any home depot and check it out. Get back if you think I can help you further. I am an electrician.

Here is a link that may help you.
http://www.make-my-own-house.com/electrical-wiring-diagrams.html

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