How to Wire a Half Switched Outlet Video

Instructions on Wiring a Half Switched Outlet Circuit

By Mark J. Donovan

In this video, Mark Donovan of, shows how to wire a half switched outlet.

A half switched outlet enables one half of the outlet to always be operational, and the other half of it to be controlled by a switch.

For example, with a half switched outlet you could have a clock radio plugged into the lower portion of the outlet, and a switch controlled reading lamp on the upper portion.

Wiring a half switched outlet is a little complicated, however with some basic upfront electrical knowledge and a few simple electrical tools, you can wire your own half switched outlet circuit.

Warning: When working with electricity use extreme caution to avoid the risk of electrical shock. Make sure to first shut off power at the main circuit panel and then confirm all power to the electrical fixtures and boxes are off prior to beginning any work on them.

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