How important are outlets and switches in a home? While we need electricity to power our lights and power our electrical appliances, outlets and switches play a key role in distributing the electrical circuit all around a home and in terms of circuit breakers during emergencies. Naturally, any home’s electricity starts with the electrical service connection. From the electricity provider to the feeder wires to the power pole and meter, the electrical contractor plays a key role in installing and connecting all your outlets and switches.
The importance of this is quite simple; electricity to light your home is useless if you cannot switch on or turn off your lights. Likewise, electricity to power your appliances is useless if you do not have outlets to plug in and get power. A good professional electrician will always provide an accessible disconnect switch outside of the house. This switch is usually close to a power pole or the meter in case of emergencies. The disconnect switch is meant to shut off power from outside a home in case of a fire or flash flood instead of entering a burning or flooded house.
Another alternative is to set up a transfer switch also near the meter or power pole to facilitate switching between live power and generator backup power. Although a very simple and basic task, the correct breaker and fuse panel should be installed in a home. The breaker is the first line of defense should it be necessary for the breaker to trip to prevent the main service wires from overloads. Otherwise, the wires would heat up and transfer extreme heat to outlets and switches that may cause a fire. Switches are necessary to turn on and off lights and other electrical items in a house.
The types and number of switches will, of course, be determined by the number of lights and electrical items that need switches. Electrical outlets are important for portable appliances to plug into in order to obtain electricity for the device to operate. Televisions, computers, toasters, vacuum cleaners, and refrigerators are just a few examples. Some sources of light such as reading lamps need to be plugged before being switched on. All outlets, regardless of whether in a small or large home, contain a hot, a neutral, and a ground terminal. Some outlets can be used for wet areas while other outlets cannot.