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Answer for Canada, USA and countries running a 60 Hz supply service.
The very first thing to do is shut the breaker off that feeds this circuit.
Never connect a GFCI receptacle into a "hot" circuit.

A GFCI switch is dual operational device. It is configured with a GFCI receptacle on the bottom half and a switch on the top half. The supply is brought from the distribution panel to the line terminals of the receptacle. The black wire from the supply is connected to the line "hot" terminal The white wire from the supply is connected to the line neutral terminal and the ground wire is connected to the devices ground terminal.
The two wires coming out of the back of the device are connected to the light fixture or fixtures that you want to control. One of these wires will be for the fixture's neutral terminal and the other will be for the fixture's "hot" terminal.
If you want to protect any regular receptacles downstream from this GFCI receptacle, their supply voltage source has to be taken from the load "hot" and load neutral terminals of the device. These terminals are usually covered with yellow tape, remove the tape and make the connections.

As always, if you are in doubt about what to do, the best advice anyone should give you is to call a licensed electrician to advise what work is needed.

Before you do any work yourself, on electrical circuits, equipment or appliances always use a test meter to ensure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized.


-Turn off the power
-Remove the cover plate
-Remove the wires
-Strip the neutral and ground wires
-Attach the GFCI
-Attach the neutral wire
-Push the wires back into the box and replace the cover.
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