Electrical Devices and Receptacles
Electrical receptacles, or outlets, have become indispensable parts of our homes. With the astounding prevalence of electrical devices and appliances, using the right outlet is important in safeguarding your family. Standard duplex style receptacles are the most common type of outlet; however, for more enhanced functions, you might consider specialty outlets, such as a child-proof receptacle or a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlet. Other specialty receptacles include 2 duplex outlets, floor outlets, and combination switch outlets.
Electrical Receptacles in the Home
- Bathroom/Kitchen – All outlets should be GFCIs. Ranges, cooktops, and ovens should be wired to a dedicated 240 volt circuit.
- Living, dining and bedrooms – Receptacles should be no further than 12 feet apart.
- Laundry – The washer and dryer should have its own 20 amp receptacle. Electric dryers require a 240 volt, dedicated circuit.
- Garage/Outside – All outdoor outlets should be GFCI outlets, or connected to a GFCI breaker.
Tip: GFCI outlets are used in areas where the risk of electrical shock is greater. You will likely recognize these outlets by the “test” and “reset” buttons located on the receptacle. By monitoring the amount of electricity flowing in a circuit, these outlets help protect you from electrical hazards. If an imbalance is detected, the outlet will trip the circuit, stopping the flow of electricity.
Do your household appliances need specialty outlets?
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Using additional outlets can also result in enhanced accessibility throughout your home and decreased tripping hazards from extension cords. We recommend having electrical receptacles inspected regularly by a professional. Electrical outlets are involved in 5,300 fires annually – ensure the safety of your home by scheduling an appointment with us at Prime Electrical. We will verify if any outlets have deteriorated, and if any specialty outlets are required.
Dimmers and Switches
Looking to create mood lighting in your living and dining room? Vary the intensity of light in a room with dimmer switches. A dimmer can also be used in bedrooms, a good choice for parents with small children who are afraid of the dark. Additionally, dimming the lights can reduce energy consumption. Consider if a touch, switch, or remote dimmer is right for you.
Wiring and Installation
Prime Electrical can assist you with the appropriate wiring and installation needed to connect your latest electrical devices. This includes TV cable jacks and wiring, phone jacks and wiring, and Cat5 Internet cable. For more information, call us today at 610-994-0290.