How To Wire Half Hot Receptacles
Vince in New York asks: I have a receptacle where 3 pairs of 14-2 lines enter the outlet box, how should this be wired?
Wiring Diagrams for Half Hot Receptacles
Electrical Question: I have a receptacle where 3 pairs of 14-2 lines enter the outlet box, how should this be wired?
- One pair of Wires is the feed.
- The second pair goes to a switch on the wall to control a light. (the brass tab is missing, thus making this a half hot receptacle).
- The third pair go to another receptacle on the other side of this wall.
- The wires were back stabbed except for the black feed and a white neutral (I believe the neutral goes to the switch) Both the black feed and white neutral are connected to the same screw.
Here is the Problem:
- The switch on the wall does not work. (I replaced the switch, still nothing)
- The light that is plugged into this outlet is plugged into the side of the receptacle that the black feed is connected to.
- The light works when it is plugged into the receptacle. But the switch does nothing.
How should this be wired?
This electrical wiring question came from: Vince, a Handyman from Amherst, New York.
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Wiring Diagrams for Half Hot Receptacles
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install electrical circuit wiring.
Precaution: Identify the receptacle circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
- A full set of wiring diagrams can be found using the links below.
- See the diagrams about half-hot and switched outlets.
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