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Old 04-10-2010, 03:06 PM   #1
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Switched outlet to half-switched


I have two outlets in my front room fully controlled by the main light switch. I would like to change these to half switched outlet so I can control the lights via switch without interfering with power to the TV.

My basic question is whether this is something I can do by pulling out the outlets, rewiring and cutting the tabs or whether this requires more extensive re-wiring of the basic configuration (such as running another hot wire from the power source to the always on outlet).

Thanks in advance for any help. I'm definitely a complete beginner.

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you have to see what is in the outlet box now. You need a hot a switch leg and a neutral. If you only have on hot then you need to add power to the half switched outlets.

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It depends on what is in the receptacle box now. Open them up and tell us all the wire connections.
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I would like to do the same. I have in my box 2 blacks 2 whites and 2 grounds connected to the outlet. Both tabs are still in place. Thanks for any help.
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I would like to do the same. I have in my box 2 blacks 2 whites and 2 grounds connected to the outlet. Both tabs are still in place. Thanks for any help.
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You do not have the required wiring to make that change.
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Okay thanks
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You will most likely have to run another hot line from the switch.
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I have two outlets in my front room fully controlled by the main light switch. I would like to change these to half switched outlet so I can control the lights via switch without interfering with power to the TV.

My basic question is whether this is something I can do by pulling out the outlets, rewiring and cutting the tabs or whether this requires more extensive re-wiring of the basic configuration (such as running another hot wire from the power source to the always on outlet).
Are the two outlets in question in the same box or are they are separated by wall space?

Since you have failed to provide any further info or photos of what existing wiring is currently in each box I am providing a diagram of one way this can be done. Assumes power is into the switch box and requires 12-3 cable between switch box and outlet and 12-3 from outlet to outlet.
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