Understanding Switched Outlet Wiring
How to Wire a Switched Outlet: Wiring 110 volt switched outlets and receptacles which are common place in every home.
Identifying Switched Outlet Wiring
Electrical Question: I have a new condo. On a 120V, 20A circuit there are six outlets.
- On the last one, one hot goes to upper receptacle, other hot is connected to one neutral with black pigtail to lower receptacle.
- Other neutral goes to upper receptacle, leaving lower half of outlet dead. Looks odd. But is it correct?
This electrical wiring question came from: Douglas, a Homeowner from Clearwater, Florida.
Additional Comments: AWESOME
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Douglas.
How to Wire a Switched Outlet
Douglas, I believe you are describing a half hot or switched outlet.
Electrical outlet wiring
Wiring Electrical Outlet for the Home
Home electrical wiring includes 110 volt outlets and 220 volt outlets and receptacles which are common place in every home. See how wiring electrical outlets for the home are done.
The Following will assist you with your Switched Outlet Wiring
This switched outlet wiring diagram shows two scenarios of wiring for a typical half hot outlet that can be used to control a table or floor lamp.
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