Switches & Outlets
Home electrical switches and outlets come in many difference shapes and sizes and are designed to perform a wide range of functions. When it’s time to add new outlets, upgrade switches to dimmers, or replace aging receptacles with safer GFCI outlets, don’t risk do-it-yourself disasters, call TechOut.
We can install all kinds of electrical switches and outlets, including:
Unlike switches, which come in several different varieties, most receptacles look pretty much the same. There are differences in amperage and voltage ratings. And receptacles may be either CU CLAD or CO/ALR (for aluminum) rated.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) Receptacles
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters should be installed in circuits which are located near wet areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor locations. They are now required by code in many parts of Ohio, and they may save your life!
Single Pole Switches
Single pole switches are the most basic and most used switches. They are used to turn receptacles or fixtures on or off from a single location. Unless you can turn on a light or a series of receptacles from more than one place in your home, it should be wired with a single pole switch.
Double Pole Switches
Double pole switches work like single pole switches except that they can receive two hot wires. For this reason, they are often used as switches for 240-volt receptacles and appliances.
Three-way switches are usually used to provide two separate switching points for a single fixture. These switches must always be installed in pairs.
These helpful switches allow you to increase or decrease the brightness of an incandescent light. They come in single pole and three-way models and can be used for incandescent lights only. Dimmers can come with control knobs, sliders or toggles. Only one of the three-way switches going to a light can be replaced with a dimmer.
Time Delay Switches
These switches have timers which allow you to set a period of time that the circuit will remain on.
These switches can be set to turn themselves on or off based on a programmed timer. They can be used to control your lights while you are away from home to make it look like someone is at home.
Pilot Light Switches
These switches have a light to indicate when the circuit is active so you’ll know at a glance.
Receptacle switches allow you to have both a switch and a receptacle in one location (box).