What Is the Difference between a GFCI Receptacle & a GFI Outlet?

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One of the most common misconceptions in the electrical world is the difference between a GFCI receptacle and a GFI outlet. There is no significant difference at all.

When discussing GFCI receptacles, common conversations use the terms GFCI ground fault circuit interrupter outlets or simply a ground fault interrupter (GFI). They are generally counted as the exact same thing.

Although this may be a confusing concept for those unfamiliar with electrical products, you cannot go wrong with either term. Though, many electricians use the term GFCI receptacle as opposed to GFI receptacle in dialogue.

Recommended Reading

AFCIs and GFCIs are both NEC requirements to increase the safety and reduce the risk of injury within buildings. Read to learn more about the differences between the two and the NEC requirements for installation.

GFCI stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, which shuts off if it detects a current flowing down the wrong path. Read our blog to learn all about GFCIs and when and why you should use them.

Effective June 29, 2015, UL revised their UL 943 Standard for Safety for GFCIs. This revision makes it mandatory for GFCIs to feature a self-test and reverse line-load misfire function.

After deciding to replace your outdated outlets with GFCI outlets, you need to know the different types of outlets. Read our guide to learn about each type of outlet and the requirements for installation.

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Wattson Lumen

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