These sockets have two terminals, one for the hot wire and one for the neutral. A third contact may be present but is not used for this circuit. This diagram illustrates wiring for a standard, one setting lamp. This socket has two terminals, the brass for hot and the silver for the neutral wire.
The source neutral wire on the receptacle is removed and spliced to the white running to the switch, and to a pigtail back to the receptacle neutral. At the switch, the neutral wire is needed to power some dimmer switches and is now required in most switch boxes.
This diagram illustrates the arrangement for a 20 amp double receptacle circuit with a shared neutral wire. This arrangement is typically used in a kitchen where two appliance circuits are needed in close proximity to each other.
This diagram illustrates the wiring for a bedside lamp with two sockets. The top socket A, holds a standard incandescent bulb. The second socket B, typically holds a small, low-wattage bulb similar to a night light bulb. The switch allows for energizing the top bulb only, the night light only, both bulbs at once or for turning both bulbs off.
This page contains diagrams to add a new electrical outlet to an existing circuit. Arrangements are included to use an existing receptacle circuit or lights and switch circuits as the source for a new wall outlet.
Here a 2-way push-button switch is wired to a lamp with 2 bulbs. This diagram can be used to rewire an old push-button lamp with a new switch replacement. The hot wire from the cord is connected directly to the black wire on the switch and the neutral is spliced to the neutral contact on each bulb sockets. The red and blue wires from the switch are each connected to the hot contact on one of the bulb sockets.
The wiring in this diagram is for adding a new light fixture to a switched receptacle, i.e. one that is hot only when a switch is on. These are commonly used to turn a table or floor lamp on and off from a wall switch.
A hardwired doorbell includes a small transformer that converts the household alternating current (AC), to direct current (DC) for the doorbell chimes. A small, 16 awg wire runs from the door button to the chimes. When pressed, the button will send the transformer output through the chimes, sounding the bell until it is released.