Switches & Outlets
In today’s modern electrical systems, switches and outlets are manufactured in a variety of colors, shapes and functionalities. Advances in technology have given switches and outlets exciting new possibilities. From special functions to aesthetics alone, you options our endless when choosing the best products for you home or business.
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Types Of Switches
Over the years, switches have evolved dramatically which gives consumers a much greater number of options to choose from when deciding what will best fit their needs.
What once was a device only capable of opening and closing a circuit, has now developed the ability to provide much more control options than simply turning power on and off.
Single Pole Switches: A single pole switch is used to control one light or appliance from just one location. These are the most common types of switches used today.
3-Way and 4-Way Switches: 3-way/4-way switches are needed when the ability to control a circuit from multiple locations is needed. These are often used to control lighting from both ends of a hallway, multiple locations in a kitchen etc.
Dimmers: A dimmer is used to control the brightness of a light. These are often used in home settings as well as in businesses when better control of the amount of light in a room is needed.
Smart Switches: With advances in technology has brought us smart switches with all kinds of amazing functionality. It is common in modern homes and some business settings to now control your lights from the conveniance of your smart devices.
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Types Of Outlets
Electrical outlets have made connecting lights, appliances and other equipment to a power source very simple and convenient. There are a lot of different devices for different uses and understanding each type is important.
Read more below about the variety of outlets available on the market today.
Standard Outlets: Most outlets are rated at 15 amps and can usually be installed on 15 amp or 20 amp circuits. Some pieces of equipment require 20 amp outlets and in certain areas electrical codes ofter require 20 amp outlets such as kitchen appliance outlets.
Tamper Resistant: These outlets have internal spring loaded shutters that prevent children from inserting objects into the outlet resulting in burns, shock or electrocution. Outlets are often required by electrical codes to be tamper resistant in living areas.
Weather Resistant: If an outlet is going to be installed in an area that is subject to the outdoor elements or other sources of moisture they may be required to be weather resistant.
GFCI Outlets: Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt outlets can sense if there is any electricity leaking on a conductor causing an imbalance. GFCI outlets are usually used in bathroom, kitchens, laundry rooms, garages, outdoors, service bays and more!
AFCI Outlets: Arc Fault Circuit Interrupt outlets have the ability to sense if even a small amount of arcing is taking place between the hot and neutral conductors. When a dangerous arc is detected, the AFCI automatically opens the circuit. AFCI technology has been very effective at preventing electrical fires from happening.
USB Outlets: With so many smart devices and tablets now being used on a regular basis, USB outlets have now made charging such devices so much easier. Many manufacturers are now producing outlets with USB ports built in directly on the outlet itself eliminating the need for USB converters.
Smart Outlets: Similar to smart switches, smart outlets allow you to control an outlet simply by using your smart device using a wifi source.
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