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August 09,2020

Converting a Light Switch to an Outlet

Does it seem like your family never has enough outlets for all your devices and appliances? Do you have a light switch that isn't getting used? Why not convert your rarely used light switch into an outlet! This fast and affordable service can be performed by the experienced electricians at Mr. Electric of Fort Worth. Our reliable technicians offer a range of services for local property owners, including electrical switch repair and outlet installation in Fort Worth, Texas, and surrounding metro area locations. Want to learn more? Read below for some vital information that can help you get started.

Why Convert a Light Switch to an Outlet?

Modern families frequently run into issues with having enough outlets, especially in older houses. Converting an existing light switch into an extra outlet is an excellent idea because there isn't any need for installing additional wiring. This means you can have an extra area to plug in your cell phone chargers while limiting costs.

Potential Complications

Any electrical project will carry a certain amount of challenges and dangers, particularly for those without professional training or experience. Swapping out a light switch for an outlet may seem like a simple task, but there are a few things to keep in mind. The circuit breaker should be turned off completely before beginning work. Neglecting this step is extremely risky and can lead to severe injury or fatality from electrical shock.

The Process

Once the power has been shut off, then the rest of the steps can begin.

  • First, remove the switch plate and unscrew the switch from the electrical box.
  • Next, disconnect the wires from the switch and identify which are the live wires and which are the neutral wires.
  • Finally, connect the wires to the correct terminals located on the outlet. Screw the outlet into the electrical box and put on the new cover plate.

Once completed, test the outlet to make sure it works.

Benefits of Hiring Electricians for the Job

While there aren't a lot of steps involved in this particular task, mistakes made during this conversion can lead to injury or risk of future electrical fires. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional electrician for the job. Doing so will ensure that the task is performed safely and correctly. In addition, this affordable, fast service can be successfully completed by one of our electricians, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your new outlet without worry or stress.

Do You Need an Electrical Switch Repair or Replacement?

Are you ready to convert your light switch into an extra outlet? Do you need a new outlet installation somewhere else in your home? Call Mr. Electric of Forth Worth today. Our reliable electricians are always ready to help you improve the safety and effectiveness of your electrical system. Call our office for more information about our services or to book a time for your next electrical switch repair or outlet installation in Forth Worh, TX, or another local community.