Adding a new receptacle?
Sounds pretty simple doesn't it? And really it is not, however, many do not even know they have choices. Looking a little more closely, most choices are simple cosmetic, some are functional, and some are based on your safety and meeting the electrical code.
To keep it simple,we will just list and and explain them below:
1) The LED receptacle:
Do you have children who prefer a night light? This is a great option, it has a 20 year life expectancy and it is very cost effective. Besides, it is not only a night light for your children, they can also be used to highlight bathrooms and hallways for night time use.
2) The USB receptacle:
Today devices are always needing to be recharged. Why use a bulky adapter, when you can have it built into the receptacle, while leaving the outlet open to be used. This is an option of convenience.
3) Recessed Outlet:
HD TV's on the wall, and cabinets with zero clearance just don't look right in conjunction with a typical receptacle. Why compromise ? You just don't have to.
Not to mention, there are many communication options available.
4) Tamper resistant receptacles:
Are you in the middle of child proofing your home? You can rest easy that your child will never suffer from shocks or even electrical burns.
5) GFCI (Ground fault circuit interrupters):
A reptacle that shuts off an electric power circuit when it detects that current is flowing along an unintended path, such as through water or a person. It is used to reduce the risk of electric shock, which can cause the heart to stop. When adding a receptacle ensure safety by following the electrical code.
6) AFCI (Arc-fault circuit interrupters):
A receptacle with a circuit breaker that breaks the circuit when it detects an electric arc in the circuit, it protects to prevent electrical fires. When adding a receptacle ensure safety by following the electrical code.
As you can see, here are 6 possible choices when adding a new receptacle to your home. They come in different colours and designs. Remember, that when adding a new receptacle it should have a permit and should pass code with the Electrical Safety Authority.
If you have questions, call us!