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I am looking for suggestions on what to do with extra receptacle space. In the guest bedroom's the house was wired w/ 2 gang boxes in each room next to the door. It was wired for the light on/off switch on the right. The switch on the left controls a power outlet receptacle. So when you turn the left one on or off anything plugged into that one out it will go on and off. I don't really understand the point of it! I rewired it so that that outlet is constantly on like normal.

 

I need advice and suggestions on what to do with the empty left space. If worse comes to worse and I can't figure out anything, I will just buy a two gang cover plate that only has one cut out on the right...

 

I saw this on sale the other day so I grabbed it and thought it would be a good idea. It comes on automatically at night and shuts off automatically when it's light out. It also has for brightness settings you just tap it to change. But I'm not very happy with it and the lowest setting is too bright at night so I am removing it.

 

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No idea but that looks cool, never seen anything like that.

 

Also, you know posting that on here is going to get one of our electricians to flip, orientate your screw heads!

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On 3/4/2017 at 10:37 AM, olletsocmit said:

 

I am looking for suggestions on what to do with extra receptacle space. In the guest bedroom's the house was wired w/ 2 gang boxes in each room next to the door. It was wired for the light on/off switch on the right. The switch on the left controls a power outlet receptacle. So when you turn the left one on or off anything plugged into that one out it will go on and off. I don't really understand the point of it! I rewired it so that that outlet is constantly on like normal.

 

It is so you can have a lamp plugged in to go off and on with the switch. We have a lot of double gang outlet boxes where half are hot and half are switched. 

 

You could always swap out the combo fan / light switch to two separate switches to fill the double gang box

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we also have a switched plug in in the master bedroom for the night stand for charging phones ect ect those pesty little chargers draw power as long as they are plugged in regardless if a phone is plugged in to it. this way leave the charger plugged in but turn off power with switch.

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How about a blank insert?

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This goes in place of the left side and just fills the empty spot

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Could get some LIFX smart bulbs then get a smart switch that when triggered will turn the light off but not cut power so will still be able to turn on via the app. 

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Could get some LIFX smart bulbs then get a smart switch that when triggered will turn the light off but not cut power so will still be able to turn on via the app. 


Very interesting I like that idea


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I am very knowledgeable when it comes to anything technology but I'm automation systems and smart switches or something I've just never learned about.


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@olletsocmit I haven't used a smart switch before. Would be nice to have a switch that turns the light off but doesn't cut power.

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