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Well, it can be difficult to figure out which types of switches and sockets you will need for your home and office. Every Switch Socket type serves a different purpose and knowing about these basic functionalities helps in making an informed purchase. So, today we are sharing an explainer for each type of switch and socket and its use.
First up, are the controlling devices, we call switches. Switches, as you know are used to flick and switch between power on and off states. Many Smart Switches are widely used in the daily life like for Electric Curtains, Light Switch, Floor Socket and Power Strip.
Single Pole Switches: These are the most common type of electrical switches that we see and use in everyday life. A single pole switch controls a single fixture from a single location. So, you flick the switch, and a light turns on or current flow starts in the connected socket, that sort of stuff. Single pole switches are also known as toggle switches in common jargon.
Double Pole Switches: Offering slightly different functionality, these switches can control two fixtures at once without needing a separate box. In essence, double pole switches are like two separate single pole switches which can be operated from the same button.
The socket is essential the conduit which allows electrical current flow into your electrical appliances and equipment. While sockets differ in shapes and sizes according to the country you are in, their functionality remains similar across the board. Generally, we see 2-pin, 3-pin and 5-pin sockets in our homes and offices. The other thing that differentiates sockets is voltage capacity, i.e., the amount of current it can pass. In India, the three-pin plug is rated at 6A / 250V. And the sockets can also devided into different standards like UK Standard Switch Socket, South America Switch Socket, Italian Socket and Thailand Switch Socket.
Two-pin sockets: These electrical sockets feature two long connection slots, providing an ungrounded connection.
Three-pin sockets: This type of electrical socket adds a ground pin to help prevent electric shock from loose wiring.
Telephone Socket: Technically referred to as the RJ11 Jack, the telephone socket enables wiring of telecommunications along with your electrical wires.
Data Socket: Finding more common use with Broadband and High-speed internet becoming mainstream, data sockets allow networking throughout your home or office, enabling LAN features. The socket is commonly known as RJ45 Jack.
USB Socket: The Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard is synonymous with computer and smartphone connectivity. Now electrical brands have also started offering modular USB sockets to simplify charging and data transfers.
TV Socket: Similar to telephone and data sockets, the TV socket allows cable transmission from your provider or dish installation to flow through the walls into your television.
So, that concludes our list of electrical switch and socket types and their use cases. We hope you find it useful. Keep following our blog for more such articles.