To add a new outlet to a group of receptacles already in place, splice the new wires to one set of wires on one of the existing receptacles. In this diagram each receptacle is wired to the next using the terminals to pass the voltage along. To provide voltage to a new receptacle, remove the wires from one set of terminals on the existing outlet and splice in the new wires and a pigtail back to each terminal.
This page contains wiring diagrams for four different types of lamps. Included is a diagram for a two-circuit lamp switch to control a standard incandescent bulb on top of the lamp and a smaller, low wattage bulb in the base. Also include are diagrams for a standard one setting lamp, a three way lamp and an antique floor lamp with 4 light bulbs.
This circuit breaker wiring diagram illustrates installing a 20 amp circuit breaker for a 240 volt circuit. The 12/2 gauge cable for this circuit includes 2 conductors and 1 ground. A dedicated 20 amp circuit like this is used for heavy household appliances like an air conditioners.
Here 3-wire cable serves a split receptacle. The bottom half of the receptacle is controlled by a switch and the top half is always-hot.
This diagram illustrates some of the most common circuits found in a typical 200 amp circuit breaker box. The breakers are installed in a service panel so that contact is made with one of two hot bus bars that run down the middle of the box. The hot wire for a circuit is connected to the breaker by a set screw on the base.
This wiring diagram illustrates installing a 15 amp circuit breaker for a 120 volt circuit. The 14/2 awg cable for this circuit includes 2 conductors and 1 ground. A 15 amp circuit is usually used for wall receptacle outlets and light fixtures.
This circuit diagram shows the wiring for a new receptacle outlet connected at a light fixture. The source at the fixture is always hot and a switch loop controls the light. New 2-wire cable runs from the fixture box to the new receptacle and the source hot, neutral, and ground are splice to it along with a pigtail back to the fixture circuit. With this arrangement the new receptacle is always hot.
The always-hot wire from the receptacle is spliced to the black wire on the fixture cable, and to a pigtail that connects back to the hot terminal on the receptacle. At the light fixture box, the black is spliced to the black from the switch cable. At the switch box the black wire is connected to the bottom terminal on the new switch.