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Half Hot Switched Outlets Explained

How to Wire Half Hot Switched Outlets: The brass tab is a link between the top and bottom receptacles that allow them to be isolated from one another for applications such as a wall outlet that has one receptacle controlled by the wall switch while the other receptacle is hot all the time.

The Purpose of the Brass Tab or Link on an Outlet

Electrical Question What is the purpose of the of brass tab on an electrical outlet.

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How to Wire Half Hot Switched Outlets

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of outlets that will be replaced.
Precaution: Identify the outlet circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.

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4 Responses to “Half Hot Switched Outlets Explained”
  1. Trent says:

    Is there a post that explains how to convert a half hot outlet to a fully live outlet?

  2. Jayson says:

    Does code require a switched outlet be upside down?


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