switch controlled outlet


Old 12-29-00, 10:08 PM
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im wanting to wire a outlet controled by a wall switch.im going to plug in a floresent light into it. do you wire to the outlet as you would a normal light. power is coming into the switch box first then to the outlet.do i need to do anything else.
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Old 12-30-00, 05:52 AM
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If you have power going to the switch first, here's how to wire:
Take source hot and connect to one terminal of the switch, it doesn't matter which one.
Connect source neutral (white, or aka "grounded conductor") directly to white going to outlet.
Connect black going to outlet to other switch terminal.
At outlet, connect black to colored screws and white to silver screws.
This will switch the entire outlet. It is common practice to have one half of the outlet switched and one half "hot".
To do this, substitute your cable going to the outlet with 3 conductor cable, e.g., 12/3 w/ ground. At the switch box, connect source white directly to white going to outlet as before. Connect source hot to switch as before, but also pigtail to red going to outlet. Connect black going to outlet to switch as before. At outlet, break tab on hot side of outlet connecting the two terminals. Connect white to one silver screw. Connect black to one hot terminal and red to the other hot terminal. Black terminal will be switched, red terminal will be constant hot.
Good luck, ensure all devices and boxes are grounded.
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Handyone gave you the long answer. The short answers to your two questions are "yes" and "no" respectively.

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