Can a flipping switch shift the power from the upper half to the lower half of an outlet?


Yes, but it would have to be a three-way switch and wired in a completely radical way with additional wires between the switch and outlet. Normally there is no possible reason to do that, so it is usually never done.

Updated on February 23, 2018

Original Article:

An Electrician Explains How to Wire a Switched (Half-Hot) Outlet
By Dan Harmon