I had sconces in bathroom that also had plugs attached. Replaced sconces now there are no electrical outlets. Is it possible to run an outlet off of the light switch to the side or below existing light switch?

  • Sure, but is there something more specific you'd like to know than whether it's possible or not? – Jean-Paul Calderone Dec 19 '17 at 14:55
  • Is this something I can do myself with instruction? Also would a gfi switch be recommended in this situation? – Whitney Collins Dec 19 '17 at 15:00
  • 1
    You need to open up the switch box and determine if there is a neutral (white wire) available. You definitely need a GFCI protecting a bathroom outlet. (There could already be one in your breaker box or elsewhere) – agentp Dec 19 '17 at 15:38
  • I think he's saying that the old sconces had built-in outlets like this that he was using. Now the lights are gone, and there are no outlets in the new lights. So it should be possible... – JPhi1618 Dec 19 '17 at 16:13
  • 1
    It would probably be easier to feed the new receptacles from the light boxes since you know there is a neutral at that location. – ArchonOSX Dec 19 '17 at 16:49

If you have something like this switch

you should be able to replace it with something like this

This will also depend on what wires are in the box that the existing switch is in.

  • If there is no neutral in the switch box then you can't do that. Most older homes will not have the neutral at the switch location. – ArchonOSX Dec 19 '17 at 16:47

Consider a new dedicated 20-Amp circuit to your bathroom. The loads modern day users apply to bathroom receptacles are such that anything less is not really safe. Could be easier that you think. GFI protection is a given.


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.