What to Consider When Choosing an Outlet


When choosing an outlet for your commercial or residential building, there are several factors you should consider. Our team of Marietta electrical technicians can repair or install a variety of outlets to meet your specific needs. We will discuss your options and help you determine which outlets will increase the functionality and safety of your home or business.

What should you consider when choosing an electrical outlet? There are 3 main factors:

  1. Location. The location of where you want to place the outlets is an important factor. If the location will be outdoors, you will need to install a wet rated outlet that is resistant to harsh weather. If you are installing an outlet indoors, you won’t need to consider environmental factors when choosing an outlet. Understanding if the outlet will be in a wet or dry environment is key to avoiding electrical hazards and other dangerous situations.
  2. Specific appliances. Larger appliances, such as dryers and electric ovens, will need more voltage to operate. This means they will need special outlets to function properly. For smaller appliances, such as laptops, power tools, and other handheld electronic devices, you won’t need such a powerful voltage. Thus, you should consider what size appliances you will need before installing an outlet in your home or business.
  3. Safety. In general, there are 2 types of outlets designed to keep you safe. The first one is known as a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), and the second is an arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI). GFCI outlets will protect you from electrocution, and AFCI outlets will protect your home from an electrical fire. When choosing an outlet, it is important to consider where it will be installed and which outlet will be the safest. Typically, GFCI outlets are installed in kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor locations, and by sinks or water sources. AFCI outlets are used in all bedrooms. Tamper-resistant outlets can also keep you and your loved ones safe in your home or business.
  4. Commercial or residential. Residential homes use different outlets than commercial buildings. If you are installing an outlet in your business, it may be necessary to use a commercial grade outlet to provide the protection and power your business needs. However, you will probably not need to install a commercial grade outlet for use in your home. Thus, it is important to consider whether the outlet will be used in a commercial or residential building when deciding which type to install.

Outlet & Switch Services

Outlet & Electrical Switch Installation Services in Marietta, GA

Lightning Bug Electric provides Marietta outlet and switch installation services to homeowners and business owners. We use the latest technology and equipment to leave your home or business fully functional. If you want to install high quality outlets, our team will analyze your situation and determine which model and type of outlet to use. We will answer your questions and perform the installation in a safe and timely manner.

To learn more about our electrical outlet services, contact our office today. Our Marietta electricians are ready to assist you.

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