What is an Electrical Outlet?
Electrical outlets are the receptacles for the plug of an electrical appliance. More specifically, it is an opening or series of openings connected to a wired power source that provides electricity to electronic devices.
What is a Single, Duplex, or Combo Outlet Type?
Single – a single outlet type only features one receptacle for electrical appliances.
Duplex – a duplex outlet type features two receptacles for electrical appliances.
Combo – a combo, or combination, outlet type features a receptacle for electrical appliances and either a light or switch as well.
What is a Decora vs. a Standard Control Style?
Decora style outlets are rectangular and use the same cover plates as rectangular decora rocker switches. Standard style outlets feature circular receptacles and require a different cover plate.
What is Self-Grounded?
A self-grounding electrical outlet features copper clips and a mounting screw. This mounting screw is designed to pick up the grounding from the box instead of having to ground it with a grounding wire.
What is Tamper Resistant?
Tamper resistant receptacles contain an internal, spring-loaded shutter that does not allow the entry of foreign objects. The shutter will not permit an electrical connection unless the pressure on both sides of the internal shutter is even. This feature is ideal for residential locations, schools, or daycares because it prevents children from accidentally electrocuting themselves and is safer than an outlet cover because it does not present a choking hazard.
What is Weather Resistant?
Weather resistant receptacles are made with more durable housing and corrosion-resistant metal components that resist both UV lights and extreme temperatures. This feature is most useful for GFCIs installed on outside patios, decks, or screened in porches.