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.
- 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. This method is also known as a half-hot or switched outlet.
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Does code require a switched outlet be upside down?
Hi Jayson, No – in a home it’s up to you what orientation your would like the outlet to be.
Is there a post that explains how to convert a half hot outlet to a fully live outlet?
Yes, the following posts may assist you: