Need help adding an outlet to an existing light switch

Tony Witherspoon
3 years ago

I need to add an electrical outlet and want to use power from an existing light switch.

Inside the light switch box is a single line containing a black and white wire. I checked and the white wire is hot and the black wire is not. Because of this I'm assuming the power is coming from the light fixture.

I tried to connect the outlet off this single line in the light switch box and have had no luck. The best I can get is when I turn on the light switch the light turns on, but the outlet is off. And when I turn the light switch off the outlet turns on.

I've tried several different options and I just can't figure it out.

Anyone have any advice for me?

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