Switched Outlet Wiring
By Dave Rongey
Electrical Outlets Question:
When wiring a half-hot outlet do I leave the tab on the neutral side connected? If not then do I need to run a neutral wire to both screws on that side?.
How a Switched Outlet is Wired
Switch Outlet Question:
When wiring a half-hot outlet do I leave the tab on the neutral side connected?
If not then do I need to run a neutral wire to both screws on that side?
Hi Mike - Great Electrical Repair Question!
The neutral tab stays in place as long as the outlet is served by the same circuit, which is most common.
See this page for more information and detailed wiring diagrams:
Do-it-yourself electrical outlets projects can be rewarding, but please be careful! Always make sure the circuit is off.
NEVER work on live electrical circuits.
For best results contact a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
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