Changing light switch to 'combination switch and outlet' ?
1940s Colonial in Virginia.
In my attic, there is a standard light switch that turns on the attic lights. Unfortunately, there are no outlets whatsoever in the attic for plugging in the occasional tool. I'd like to add an outlet.
I purchased a Leviton Decora 'combination switch and outlet' (Model T5625) and replaced the existing light switch with the Leviton. It successfully turns the lights on/off, however the outlet is non-functional (whether the lights are on or off) and I can't understand why.
Coming into the box on the right side is a black wire--which I assume is "hot", and a white wire--which I assume is neutral. The black wire is connected to the "common" brass screw on the Leviton. The white wire goes to a wire connector.
Coming into the box on the left side is a black wire--which I assume goes to the lights, and a white wire--which I assume is neutral. The black wire is connected to the brass "A1" terminal on the Leviton. The white wire goes to the same wire connector mentioned above.
I ran a new wire from the wire connector (containing the two existing white wires) to the silver neutral terminal on the Leviton.
Thoughts? Thank you!!!