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Can a receptacle before a light or light switch use a pigtail or does it have to have the black and white wires on each side of the receptacle?

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It can use a pigtail, unless it's a GFCI receptacle and you want the light to have GFCI protection.

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Yes, it can use a pigtail as long as the pigtail fits the application you are able to do so.

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  • Please don't downvote responses if you aren't going to leave a comment explaining how they can be improved! – DarthCaniac Apr 28 '15 at 20:27

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