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jtrom 10-10-2012 08:45 AM

How to isolate outlets from main light switch?
 
Hi folks!..Just bought a house built in 1989. The main light switch in the living room also controls power to all 4 oulets in the the living room....hate the setup. How can I make all 4 outlets "hot" regardless of the light switch position?...

Jim Port 10-10-2012 08:58 AM

The code requires at least one switch controlled receptacle or lighting outlet in that room. You need to leave at least 1/2 of one receptacle switched.

joed 10-10-2012 09:05 AM

Tell us the wiring in the receptacles. It might not be possible.

jtrom 10-10-2012 09:26 AM

Thanks, I will check out the outlet wiring and post it later. What is the reason for a code regulation like that?...just wondering

Jim Port 10-10-2012 09:28 AM

They don't want people walking into dark rooms.

DexterII 10-10-2012 09:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim Port (Post 1028013)
You need to leave at least 1/2 of one receptacle switched.

Notice what Jim said, and, if you haven't done so, go back and check both receptacles at each location. You may find that all of them are split, providing you with one switched and one unswitched receptacle at each location; an ideal situation in my opinion.

brgmgb 10-10-2012 10:18 AM

In the duplex receptacle, is one receptacle switched and the other powered all the time? If yes, keep the first receptacle as is. You will need to replace the other receptacles because they have side tab between the two brass screws is broken/snipped like in the below image.

http://www.electrical-online.com/wp-...1/CIMG0122.jpg

In the other three boxes, only connect the constant hot, neutral, and ground to the receptacle. Cap off the switched hot.

jtrom 10-10-2012 10:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DexterII (Post 1028028)
Notice what Jim said, and, if you haven't done so, go back and check both receptacles at each location. You may find that all of them are split, providing you with one switched and one unswitched receptacle at each location; an ideal situation in my opinion.


That would be great if they were all split. I never thought of that, thanks for the heads up. Sounds too good to be true, though. :)


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