Installing Electrical Outlets in Closets

Installing Electrical Outlets in Closets

Adding outlets to closets can be very useful for powering lighting, charging devices, using vacuums, and more. However, closets present some unique challenges when it comes to electrical wiring that need to be addressed to ensure the outlets are installed safely and to code. In this article, I will provide a step-by-step guide to installing electrical outlets in closets, covering key considerations and best practices.

Safety Precautions

When working with electrical wiring, safety should always be the top priority. Here are some important safety steps to take when installing outlets in closets:

Choosing a Location

When selecting where to install the closet outlet, consider:

Also check local code for any restrictions on placing outlets inside closets. Some jurisdictions prohibit outlets being installed on the wall of closet storage space.

Electrical Load Considerations

The outlets you install in a closet need to be able to safely support the electrical load that will be placed on them.

Wiring Options

There are a few different ways to wire new outlets into an existing closet:

Using Existing Circuit

New Circuit

Using Existing Lights

Step-by-Step Installation

Once you've addressed the above considerations, follow these steps to install the new closet outlet:

1. Turn Off Power

Shut off circuit breaker for the closet area at the main panel. Test wires with non-contact tester before proceeding.

2. Cut Hole for Outlet Box

3. Fish Wires

4. Install Outlet Box

5. Connect Wires

6. Install Outlet

7. Cover Box & Finish Wall

And that covers the major steps involved in safely and properly adding an electrical outlet to an existing or new closet. Always get necessary permits and have work inspected for safety and compliance with local electrical codes. Let me know if you have any other specific questions!