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Electrical Outlet Designs

Clueless about design ideas for your electrical outlet at home? It’s not only just about choosing designs for our electrical outlet. We also need to consider some factors before we start choosing its design. For instance, we have to consider or think about the type of electrical outlet we have at home, the circuit requirements (e.g. wiring and voltage) and receptacle types (are they standard household or specialty outlets?). We also need to consider the function of each receptacle type: standard household and specialty outlets.

Standard Household Electrical Receptacles:

1) 15-amp duplex receptacles – known or considered as the standard type of electrical outlet having a long or neutral slot, shorter
or hot slot and a grounding hole.

2) Combination outlets – outlets that have space saving designs providing two features in one device (e.g. guide light and outlet
with a switch/switch with an outlet).

3) GFCI Outlets – also known as ground fault circuit interrupter. This outlet helps protect from dangerous ground faults that
occur when the electrical current passes through an abnormal path and may cause possible harm to a person. A GFCI outlet also
helps monitor or keep track of the flow of a current through a conductor and checks if there’s any current leaking.

4) Tamper Resistant Receptacles – This types of outlet can be used in place of the 15-amp and 20 amp outlet and they help keep
children safe from any electrical injury. Tamper resistant receptacles have built-in shutter that blocks off any small objects.

5) Weather Resistant Receptacles – these type of outlets are required in wet locations or any outdoor residential places. Outlets
like this should always be installed with weather resistant covers.

6) Rotating outlets – these type of outlets are recommended for accommodating more than a transformer-type of plug like those
of cellphone chargers, or any other and it helps in eliminating one’s need of power strips.

Specialty Outlets

1) 20-amp outlets – these outlets may be good if you’re thinking of installing a receptacle for high-current devices like some small
appliances for example. These types of outlets

are only good to use on 20-amp circuits. 20-amp outlets are described to have a
horizontal slot connecting to a vertical side of the outlet.

2) Surge suppression outlets – also known as surge suppression receptacles, these types of outlets were designed to give
protection to sensitive electronic equipment from power spikes without having the need of power strips.


Split circuit receptacles –designed with two outlets wired or connected to a different circuit. With this type of outlet, one
can have a wall switch for the light.

4) 30-amp or 50 amp 125V/250V Receptacles – these types of outlets are required or needed for heavy
duty appliances (e.g. clothes dryer) or power tools.

5) Ungrounded or Unpoplarized Outlets – these types of outlets are kind of similar to the standard
duplex receptacles having two prong-plugs but lacking the u-shaped grounding hole. These type of
outlet ran out of its use during the early 20th century.

There may be other design ideas for your electrical outlets at home, you can either have it as plain as it is or a decorative one.



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