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I have 2 outlets connected in parallel to a GFI circuit

Customer Question

I have 2 outlets connected in parallel to a GFI circuit breaker. I'm adding a light switch to one of the outlets. I put a 2 gang box put I'm not sure how to run the black wire from the outlet to the switch, and then the switch to the light.
JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?
Customer: The system is about 15 yrs old. I have not consulted with an electrician.
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: yes
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: The light is mounted on the wall (added the box for it and ran wire to the outlet).
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Mike G. replied 2 months ago.

Hi, I'm Mike G and I'll be assisting you. The connections are as follows.

  1. Black wire from receptacle to the switch
  2. Black wire to light to switch
  3. White wire from light to receptacle
  4. All ground wires together
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Connected, but does not work. Can I send a picture from my phone?
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
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Expert:  Mike G. replied 2 months ago.

You have a black and white wire from the light. The white connects to the white on the receptacle. The black from the light connects to the switch. A jumper wire from the black wire on the receptacle connects to the switch. It has to work. Check the GFCI and see if it tripped.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Power to the outlet, but not to the light. I have the black wire on one side (same jumper from the outlet) & white to the other side.
Expert:  Mike G. replied 2 months ago.

The connections are correct. Do you have a 2 wire voltage tester?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I have a multimeter
Expert:  Mike G. replied 2 months ago.

OK, test the circuit. Put one probe on the white wire connection and with the other touch each black wire termination on the switch, with the switch on. If you get 120V, your issue is at the light not the switch.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
It's the light. Thanks
Expert:  Mike G. replied 2 months ago.

Very good, you're welcome.

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