Hook up light switch receptacle, before you begin
If you're connecting switches as shown here, you don't need a neutral pigtail.
You'll find these in hardware stores and home centers. The absolute must-have tools are a flat-head screwdriver and a Phillips-head screwdriver.
Don't Reverse Hot and Neutral Wires
This diagram illustrates wiring for one switch to control multiple lights. Both ways are correct.
Lately I have had many site visitors asking me to write an article on how to wire a duplex switch and receptacle combination device. This diagram illustrates the wiring for a split receptacle with the top half controlled by SW1 and the hook up light switch receptacle half always hot.
To make this happen, all you have to do is hook up light switch receptacle the places of the two black wires.
When you're doing electrical work, don't assume that because you flicked a switch or flipped a circuit breaker the power is off—always double-check.
Use a tester to see if your outlet is grounded. First, gather all the bare ground wires along with a long pigtail and connect them.
Single-Pole Switch to Control a Light
To be safe, test both the top and bottom with the radio. The photo shows a type of wire connector that's easier to install in tight spots. You usually see outlets installed with the ground hole down.
If you use a metal box extension on a plastic box, connect the metal extension to the ground wire in the box using a grounding clip and a short piece of wire. Outlets have pairs of screws on each side that you can use to connect downstream outlets, but it's best not to use them.
What You’ll Need
One way isn't safer than the other—as long as the outlet is wired correctly. This circuit is wired the same jack and dean dating as the 3 way lights at this link.
Which Wire Goes Where? Double Split Receptacle Outlet In this circuit a split receptacle is controlled by two separate switches.
If you run into short wires, there's an easy fix. The fix is simply to install a metal or plastic box extension. Here is a situation where your desired result is a receptacle controlled by the switch in the combination device.
In this updated diagram 3-conductor cable runs between the receptacle and switch, and the red cable wire is used to carry the hot source to the bottom terminal on the switch. When the toggle points down, the current is cut off, back toward the source.
Buying a Dimmer Switch
Remove the sheathing from the insulated underground feeder wires by grabbing the end of the wire with one pliers and the sheathing with another pliers and working them apart. If a white wire is connected to the switch, it should be marked as a hot wire with either a piece of black tape or black marker as shown. Before you shop for a new switch, remove your old one from the box—after making sure the power is off, of course—and look for a neutral dating the strong silent type wire.
Electrical boxes must be flush to the wall surface if the wall surface is a combustible material. The white neutral from the source is connected directly to the light fixture.