How to convert a Light Switch to an Outlet? (Complete Guide)


Is there an extra light switch in your room? But you have been longing for an outlet to let you charge your phone with comfort? You don’t have to wait for some other electrical errand to pop up when you call an electrician and convert this light switch to an outlet. You can do it yourself and probably today.

So, let’s look at the different steps of getting it done.

Step 1: Find the live wire:

Everyone who understands electricity a little understands electricity is always flowing in wires and outlets. So, before you start managing any of the outlets or fixtures, you need to switch the electricity off.

You can do so by switching off the relevant breaker. Once you switch the breaker off, you should test the wires for any live wire.

You can put one end of the tester on the black wire and the other end on the green ground screw. If the meter shows any reading, the wire is still live, and you have to find the right breaker impacting the switch.

Step 2: Remove the Black wire:

Now remove the black wire from the switch and put the wire cap into the dead-end before putting the wire back into the box.

With this step, you have managed to keep extra wires aside, so there is no chance of accidental touch.

Step 3: Remove neutral and ground wire cap:

The side wires associated with the Live Wire must be addressed here. Untwist the wires and isolate them from the live wire. Once you perform this procedure successfully, you’ll have three sets of wire: white grounded wire, Live Black wire, and green ground wire.

Step 4: Connect wires to outlet terminals:

Now you have all the wires ready. You can connect them to the new outlet. Connect black wire over the brass terminals of the new outlet. The white ground wire must go over the green ground screw. Place the cover plate over the box while keeping all the wires inside.

Step 5: Turn on the circuit:

When you have the wires connected, turn on the breaker and check the new outlet. It should be working properly just like a regular outlet.

Summing up:

Congratulations! You have converted your light switch to the outlet, which you can use for multiple purposes.

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