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ssmbobvila

02:29PM | 04/27/09
Member Since: 04/26/09
3 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Guys, I want to buy a switched outlet. That is it should have one or two three-prong outlets and a switch next to it that controls it. This is so common in Europe. That way I can turn off all the things that are connected to the outlet.

What is it called? Does anyone know where I can find such a thing? Thanks very much.

I know you can do this easily by rewiring the socket and put a switch. But that's too involved for me; I'd rather buy a pre-made one.

doug seibert

05:56PM | 04/27/09
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts
Like this

http://electrical.hardwarestore.com/14-53-switch-recepticle-combos.aspx

available any hardware/home store.....

"......measure Once.....cut Twice....

throw that one away and cut a new one...."

ssmbobvila

06:34AM | 04/28/09
Member Since: 04/26/09
3 lifetime posts
No that's not it. The combination device I can get at any hardware store is just a switch that controls say a fan and an outlet. The swtich does not control the outlet.

I want a device that has a switch that controls the outlet and the switch and outlet are together in one piece. That way if a toaster is plugged into the outlet, if I flip the switch toaster goes off.

doug seibert

08:23AM | 04/28/09
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts
Yes.....just like I said you're looking for a combo device......ALL the wiring happens in that single switch box

On the combo device......double brass screws are connected with a small brass tab.....one to the receptacle....one to the switch....IF there is no tab then you need to add a jumper between the two.........

You feed the HOT to the single BRASS screw on the other side of the switch.....

and the neutral to the SILVER screw on the receptacle....(same side as the Hot feed)

The power enters the switch .....the switch makes/breaks the power to the receptacle.......a Switched outlet

You're welcome

"......measure Once.....cut Twice....

throw that one away and cut a new one...."

ssmbobvila

09:00AM | 04/28/09
Member Since: 04/26/09
3 lifetime posts
Ah ha! That's way cool. (Sorry I may seem like an idiot.)

Thanks very much.

When you say "jumper" you mean any copper wire between the two or is there a special thingamabob? (Again sorry.)

Thanks.

doug seibert

10:06AM | 04/28/09
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts
IF you need it.....

a short piece of (black) wire

No problem......ComeOnBack.......

"......measure Once.....cut Twice....

throw that one away and cut a new one...."

marcepinkie

10:06AM | 04/24/12
Member Since: 04/24/12
9 lifetime posts
I don't know if you already found what you wanted. But in case you didn't, you can try Buffalo classifieds they have all sorts of things there, maybe you will find the outlet there. Let me know if it helped.

danis11

07:41AM | 05/11/12
These have been sold under the brand names of X10, Powerlinc and many others. Cost is somewhat expensive but it's amazing what you can do with them.. home automation is within reach with that stuff.

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marcepinkie

05:22PM | 09/06/12
Member Since: 04/24/12
9 lifetime posts
Try all the major stores, they should have this type of outlet. I was looking for three months for a hearing protection system and guess what? I wasn't looking where I've should, because I've found one in a major shopping center.

TimBonham

05:58AM | 10/05/12
Member Since: 01/09/07
197 lifetime posts
Wouldn't a power strip work? And they're really cheap.
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