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Different Types of Electrical Outlets

Experts believe an average home has more than 75 different electrical outlets, most of them are the traditional outlet types with their numerous advantages and limitations.

The types of traditional electrical outlets in most homes

The outdated 2-prong outlets are found mostly in older homes and they are usually rated as 15 amps, 125 volts – they may have 2-wired outlets for the grounded circuits, and they are generally unsafe for modern usage.

The 3 prongs, 15 amps, and 125-volt outlets are easily recognized in homes, they are characterized by 2 long upper slots, plus an upside-down U-shaped slot at the bottom for grounding, and for preventing electrical shocks.

The Switch/Outlet combo is regarded as multi-tasker outlets. They are ideal for the kids’ rooms as well as for night lighting. This outlet can help you change a receptacle simply by adding an additional outlet or switch without the addition of new wiring. 

The GFCI outlets are most suitable for areas close to water because they monitor the flow of electricity and prevent electrical current from leakages. GFCI provides excellent safety because they cut off power to electrical equipment when there is a leak or spike.

The 20 amps, 125-volt outlets are some of the ideal outlets for high-current devices, these include the big kitchen appliances. The outlets might be like the regular 15 amps appliances, but they come with horizontal slots that are connected to the top-left vertical slot, found at the top left of the outlet. The 20 amps, 250-volt outlets are made from air compressors. They do come with unique shapes that are totally different from the standard 15 amps. Electricians at Mr. Electric Of Katy can help you install certified and original electrical outlets that are most suitable for your home. 

Modern electrical outlet types

Aside from the common traditional outlets, there are a wide range of inexpensive modern outlets with multiple functionalities and can be quickly installed. 

The USB outlets are perhaps the commonest modern outlets. They are a mobile, functional and convenient way to prevent charging overloads. 

The recessed outlets will add some extra space to your home and reduce the large gaps in between wall outlets with its recessed outlet components.

The tamper-resistant receptacles are specialized outlets that every home require. They are found mostly in newly built homes and come with a barrier that protects the children from inserting objects that can cause electrical shocks. 

The in-built LED night light outlets are designed to keep those tiny night light components away from children. They are safe and quite convenient and best used as lighting options in the night time. 

If you are interested in learning more about different modern types of electrical outlets, please contact Mr. Electric Of Katy. You may also want to contact us if you are renovating your home or moving into a new home and you need an upgrade to the existing electrical outlets. We do offer emergency and non-emergency electrical outlet repair, replacement, and installation services at budget-friendly costs and with 100% guaranty. 

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