We’ve came to depend on a number electrical appliances in order to effortlessly live our lives. This makes the home of today riddled with dozens of long extension cords tangled together in intricate modern Gordian knots. If they weren’t feeding your beloved electrical gadgets and appliances with life sustaining power, you would have cut through them straight away, wouldn’t you? In the beginning I guess you weren’t bothered that much, but after tripping over a random cord for 10 times straight, it has got a little annoying. Luckily, electricians have recognized this contemporary lifestyle problem and came up with the ideal solution that is surface wiring.
Surface wiring is a convenient way to add outlets, switches, lights or other electrical components wherever you want without the hassle of tearing your walls open, push wires through and patch up holes. Even thought it’s on the outside of the walls, it can be made to blend in by painting it with the exact same colour. It’s made out of a system of channels and boxes that goes throughout the wall surface of the whole room and lets you quickly and easily install outlets wherever you choose. Your home can come with surface wiring pre-installed or you can have a handyman do that for you. But the thing you personally can do is buy and install a surface mount power outlet for every single different need. There are many types of power outlets, and this is what you need to pay attention on when on the lookout:
15-Amp Duplex Electrical Sockets are the standard home use outlet since the ’60s. They consist of a long slot, a short slot and a u-shaped grounding hole.
Combination Electrical Sockets – If you look to save some space, these sockets are the solution for you. You get two features conveniently in one device. The most popular combinations are an outlet with a GFCI outlet with a switch, and a fifteen amp duplex outlet with a guide light.
Temper Resistant Electrical Sockets – For everyone with small children around, this is a must have! They will prevent a curious toddler from sticking a finger or a small object into the outlet. These sockets can be used instead of a 15-amp or 20-amp outlet.
Rotating Sockets – Sometimes a plug is to large and makes it impossible for a second electrical socket in the outlet to be used at the same time. The rotating socket will allow you to turn it so that you can use both outlets simultaneously. This type of socket is most commonly used with phone chargers, night-lamps, hair dryers and more.
There are also special types of sockets that are required for when you want to use high-powered tools, appliances and other electronics:
-20-Amp Sockets are mostly used in kitchens for microwave ovens and cookers.
-Split Circuit outlets have two sockets wired on two different circuits with a switch on the wall regulating whether it’s turned off or on. This allows to turn of a lamp, while another device remains on.
-High Voltage Socket is the most popular specialty electrical socket which can be used in washrooms for powering washing machines and dryers.
-Ungrounded Sockets are mostly found in homes built before 1960. They have a limited number of uses because they do not have the u-shaped hole many electrical devices require today. Like their name suggests, they work with appliances that do not need to be grounded, such as some fans and lamps. Because grounding has become recommended, these sockets are very rare to find in stores.
The main advantage of surface wiring is that you can add a new surface mount power outlet without cutting into the walls. This is also a safer option because surface mount power outlets experience fewer electrical faults. Keep to the aforementioned tips so that you’ll know what type of outlet best suits your needs.