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How to Convert a Switched Outlet to Non-Switched


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Convert Switched Outlets to be Hot All the Time: The easiest way to convert a half-hot duplex receptacle or a switched outlet to be hot all the time is really not that difficult.

Converting to a Non-Switched Outlet

Electrical Question: We are thinking of buying a house that has no ceiling fans in the bedrooms.

This electrical wiring question came from: JC, a Homeowner from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Application: Rewiring for a Half Hot Switched Outlet.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best Installed by a Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician.
Tools Required: Specific to the scope of the work and the condition of the home and project. Electricians Tools, including Pouch of Hand Tools, Power Tools, Drill motor and Auger Drill Bits and Extension Cords, and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install electrical wiring.
Precaution: Identify the circuit power source at the panel, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before installing wiring or working or making connections.
Notice: Installing additional outlet wiring should be done through the local building authority, according to applicable local and national electrical codes, with a permit, and have required inspections.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question JC.

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4 Responses to “How to Convert a Switched Outlet to Non-Switched”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Tom,
    In order to convert the switched outlet to be a half hot switched outlet the location of the power source must be identified which will help determine the electrical wiring method that will be required. To help you understand this process in detail please follow the link to the Wiring Diagrams section as described in the article above. In the wiring diagrams section you will see a listing for wiring half hot receptacle outlets.

  2. Tom says:

    I have a totally switched two receptacle outlets that I would like to be either unswitched, or half switched. It only has 3 wires connected and there are no more wires in the box at the receptacle. It has a black wire and a white wire attached to the upper receptacle of the two, and it has a bare copper ground wire ground attached to a screw on the lower side of the unit. Is there a way to make this either totally unswitched or half switched without running additional wires?

  3. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Paul,
    Each half hot switched receptacle will require a neutral wire, ground wire, non-switched hot wire, and a wire that is controlled by a switch. In your example of converting one or more receptacles within multiple half switched receptacles the process would include disconnecting from the receptacles the wire controlled by the switch, and replacing the connection with a lead wire from the non-switched hot wire.
    I hope this helps,
    Dave

  4. Paul says:

    Suppose you had 3 half switched receptacles in a row with a single switch, which I do. I want to convert the first and third receptacles to full hot and leave the middle receptacle as it is, so the switch still controls this receptacle. How do I bypass the first receptacle, do I just join the wires together coming from the switch leaving them free from the receptacle? Would I do the same in the third box?