Author Topic: Electrical Wiring:Trying to go from switched outlet to switched cans (with pics)  (Read 230 times)


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I have an outlet where the bottom half is switched from the wall. There are no ceiling lights and I wanted to add recessed cans.

My thought was that I could just run wires from the switched outlet to the ceiling to run the lights.  I therefore copied everything over the way it was, replacing the outlet since the previous outlet had been modified to allow for only half to be switched.  Note that one of the white neutral wires was wire-nutted to the hot wires, so I believe this is a "switch loop".

I have attached a pic of both the outlet and the wall switch.    Anyway, the outlet now works fine -- both parts, but when I hooked up an outlet to the wires leading up to the ceiling (what was previously routed to the bottom of the outlet) the outlet doesn't work at all regardless of how switched.  Why would this be the case?  Anyone know what I am doing wrong or what to do to troubleshoot?  I now have holes in my wall and ceiling for the wirerun, but can't even begin to patch everything up until I can get the switch to work.   

FYI -- I used a socket tester on the outlet that I hooked up to the wires running to the ceiling and got a LIVE EARTH REVERSE fault with the switch on.  Is power running through both the neutral and hot?

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