Wiring Devices: Electrical Outlets and Electrical Switches
Explore and compare all types of light switches, dimmer switches, outlets, and wall plate covers. With our wide selection of wiring devices and decorative style options, you can go
simple and classic with toggle switch, or add some high-tech flair to your home or office with affordable smart light switch kits.
Electrical Outlet (Receptacle)
Electrical outlets are the connection points that deliver power to electronics. Electrical outlets and plugs differ in voltage and current rating, shape, size, and connector type.
Always ensure you are using an approved socket-plug combination. Incorrectly rated or installed, or unapproved and improvised combinations can be dangerous.
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Outlet covers help insulate you from electrical wiring and reduce risk of accidental shock, keep outlets clean.
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Electrical Switches (Light Switch)
Light switches and other electrical switches are designed to be practical, long-lasting, and stylish. They can manage light usage
and reduce energy cost (especially switches with occupancy sensors, or smart switches with programmable scheduling). The main job of electrical switches and
dimmers is closing and opening electrical circuits for lights and other devices. Learn all about electrical switches below, from the classic toggle switch,
to impressive centrally-controlled lighting management systems that can automate lighting and customize the ambience in your residence or workspace.
A List of Different Types of Electrical Switches
Light Switches, or electrical switches, come in a variety of types and styles to suit different circuit configurations, total number of lights, and aesthetic
preferences. Some switches are designed for use with equipment, appliances, and devices other than lighting. Below is a list of common light switch types.
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Types of Dimmer Switches
From the popular toggle dimmer switch, to Wifi-enabled smart switch dimmers, the ability to dim the lights gives your space a whole new level of ambience and versatility. Light
dimmers control brightness (lumens) for dimmable LED, incandescent, halogen, and compact fluorescent lighting. By adjusting the brightness level, you can quickly and easily
dial-in the perfect "mood" for your lighting, extend the life of lightbulbs, and increase energy efficiency.
A List of Different Types of Dimmer Light Switches
With LED and CFL lighting, it's important to make sure your bulbs or fixtures are dimmable. Some of the latest LED technologies offer color control, from warm amber to full
"daylight" and beyond. Paired with the right dimmer switch, your lighting can support your daily schedule, waking you in the morning with full brightness or easing you
into a restful state at bedtime with a warm, gentle glow.
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Light Switch Plates & Combination Wall Plate Covers
Light switch plates
(also called electrical wall plate covers) are decorative in a variety of colors and keep wires safely hidden from sight. Switch plates serve an important safety function by
helping prevent accidental contact with the wiring attached to an electrical switch. Multiple colors and styles of decorative wall plates keep your switches covered in an
aesthetic of your choice.
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Tips to help add or change electrical outlets, light switches, and dimmers
- Always remember to disconnect power to the area you are working on before beginning any electrical work.
- Plan where larger pieces of furniture will be placed so electrical outlets will not be covered.
Identify where large electrical power requirements (appliances, electronics, etc.) will be placed so
electrical outlets can be planned accordingly.
- Allow for at least one if not more electrical boxes per wall.
- Plan for electrical boxes near cable outlets.
Identify your needs for light switches, cable, telephone, and other auxilary jacks in combination with
electrical outlets (i.e., satellite television systems).
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