Different Types of Electrical Fixtures

Different Types of Electrical FixturesElectrical fixtures are often required when updating an old building to accommodate requirements of new electrical codes or contemporary electronics. They come in a variety of types, some of which are used in regular wiring whereas others find their usage in special applications. Let’s have a look at some of them in detail:

Home Wiring :

Standard wiring meant for use in households generally carry 120V power on a combination of 20 ampere and 15 ampere circuits. Most small appliances such as lamps receive power at 15 ampere. Large appliances, on the other hand, work when they get power from 20-ampere circuits.

Outlets :

An outlet is an important part of a wall receptacle that helps in making power available for business or household devices. They are available in many different types:

  • Standard 15 ampere that features a U-shaped receptacle and two slots.
  • 20-ampere outlet, which is almost the same as a standard one, but has a horizontal slot too.
  • Some old homes have outlets without any receptacle for the ground prong. These outlets are usually changed when such a house is sold off.
Floor Box :

A floor box is essentially one of the most commonly used kinds of electrical boxes. It is an electrical outlet that can be installed in the floor. It features multiple outlets and allows for easy distribution of power within a spacious area. Brass and stainless steel floor box products are generally preferred by businesses for their durability. The ones having an IP66 rating are designed to be waterproof. They usually come with a lid that is supported by two pillars when in use, so as to prevent accidental damage from foot traffic and cable crush.

Tap Adapter :

Tap adapters allow multiple appliances to be connected in a single outlet. In other words, it optimises the tap to allow additional plugs. The ones most commonly used at homes allow either 3 plugs in one outlet or 6 plugs in two. There is also another type that permits a 3-prong grounded item to be plugged into a 2-prong outlet. However, it has now become nearly obsolete due to being safe and usually found in older households.

GFCI Receptacle

GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) receptacles are designed for shutting down power if water comes into contact with the power source. They are required mandatorily to be installed in wet areas of bathrooms and kitchens as well as in basements and outdoors.

Before buying any electrical fixture, it is important to check the existing electrical codes properly.


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