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Where should you place electrical sockets in your home?

  1. Bedroom
  2. Living Room
  3. Kitchen
  4. Bathroom
  5. Garage
  6. Home Office

 

Currently renovating your home? Or are you building a house from scratch? Then you may be trying to figure out where you should place electrical sockets in your home.

The easy answer? Place it in areas where you make use of electrical products.

Another thing that you should take note of is that you should only invest in sockets from a trusted electrical supplier in Metro Manila. Take a look at Meiji Electric’s Black Series or Classic Series for reliable sockets fit for your home.

Want to learn about the specific places in your home that you should place your electrical sockets in? Read on!

 

Bedroom

Bedroom

What electrical products in your bedroom need to be connected to a socket? The chargers for your devices? Lamps? An airconditioning unit and a fan? Note these down. These will dictate how many electrical sockets you will need to invest in.

After that, take note of where you are planning on placing these electrical products within the room. Will you charge your phone on your bedside table? Will you keep your fan parallel to your bed? This will be the basis of where exactly you would need to place the electrical sockets.

This will be the format for you to plan the placement of your electrical sockets around the rest of your home.

 

Living Room

Living Room

Your living room will need a lot of outlets for two reasons: the number of electrical products and the number of your guests.

Your living room will definitely have a lot of electrical products. From a television set, speakers, a DVD player, and more. If you want to hang your TV on a wall, put a socket directly behind it in order to hide its cords.

For your guests, imagine how many people will need to charge their mobile phones. You can install more sockets on the walls or you can install electrical sockets on the floor. Place a coffee table on top of it in order to keep things tidy.

You could also choose to invest in extension sets such as the MES-1306A [5M]. Another area of your home that will need a lot of electrical sockets is your kitchen.

 

Kitchen

Kitchen

Take note of the small and large appliances that you will have in your kitchen.

Place outlets around your kitchen island where you can plug mixers, blenders, and other small electrical appliances in.

Electrical products that make use of more electricity need higher amperage plugs. These include refrigerators and microwaves. Plan your kitchen layout well and place the plugs in the appropriate areas.

Make sure that you place the outlets away from any source of water. This is to prevent any accidents from happening. The same goes for electrical sockets in bathrooms.

 

Bathroom

Bathroom

It is important that you plan the sockets in your bathroom strategically. Do you need to have it near your sink for your electric toothbrush? Or maybe for your hair dryer?

For sockets that need to be placed in close proximity to sources of water, you will need a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. Consider the LG20-110v. If a water source makes contact with a socket, this will automatically shut off the power supply to that circuit.

Besides your bathroom, your garage is another part of your home that will need to have specially positioned sockets.

 

Garage

Garage

Don’t know why you would need a socket in your garage?

In addition to storing your cars, does a member of your family use the garage as their workbench? Do they need to make use of power tools to do this hobby?

This is why you need sockets in your garage space. Ask them which part of the garage they are planning on using. Place sockets along the wall of that area.

You could also choose to install an automatic garage door opener. If you do, then place an outlet in the center of the ceiling for it.

One part of your home where the placement of the sockets will be up to you is your home office.

 

Home Office

Home Office

Would you prefer to plug your computer into a floor plug? Or would you prefer it on a wall, slightly above your desk? Some people prefer to have floor sockets where they can plug in their printers, routers, and computers. Others prefer to have it on the wall so they would not need to crouch down to unplug it.

These are just some of the key areas of your home that you should place electrical sockets in. Take note of these to find other areas in your home that you can place sockets in.

 

Key Takeaway

Take note of these areas when you start planning the locations of your electrical sockets. Make sure that you also plan the wiring in order to prevent any electrical issues. Choose sockets that will go with the room’s interior design to help them blend in.

Before looking through an electrical supplier in Metro Manila, take note of the types of plugs your electrical products have. Meiji Electric has a number of choices for you such as USB Outlets (MCS-5215) and Universal Outlets (MCH-1022 Duplex Universal Outlet).

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Wiring devices in the Philippines make up the backbone of a house’s electrical unit. Without them, it’s near impossible to use electricity to run your home appliances. This includes sockets – an integral part of a home. Sockets are the little holes you find in your house’s walls wherein you can plug your devices. It is the first thing you’ll look for so you can turn on the fan, cook food on the electric stove, or recharge your phone’s battery.

When you think about it, people can invest hours trying to know everything about a certain machine or gadget before making a purchase but don’t exert the same effort when buying sockets. Keep in mind that your devices need these or else you’ll have nowhere to plug them in for power! Here are important things you need to know about sockets.

 

Socket Shapes

In the Philippines, we are used to sockets that have two vertical holes. What you might not know is that different countries actually use different kinds of sockets. The default sockets in some countries have round holes and while others use sockets that have two vertical holes and a round hole below. If you are going abroad, you have to know in advance what socket shape is being used in the country you will be visiting. Otherwise, it will be difficult to find a way to charge your gadgets. Your best option is to travel with plug adapters to ensure that you can still plug in your gadgets wherever you are.

Types of Electrical Sockets

You can find different types of electrical sockets with for different purposes in the market. One of the famous types right now is the GFCI, or a ground-fault circuit interrupter. The GFCI is a socket that was designed to protect people from electrical shocks. How does it work? A GFCI socket has three holes: two vertical slots and a round one below. The left slot (called neutral) is slightly bigger than the right one (called hot). The round hole below is called ground. With a properly working appliance, the electricity flows from hot to neutral. The GFCI socket monitors this and if it senses that the electricity is flowing from hot to ground, then it trips the circuit and cuts off the electricity.

Let’s say for example that you are using a plugged in device outside while it is raining. Since it is wet, the electricity might flow from hot to ground through you. This could electrocute you; once GFCI notices that the electricity is not flowing normally (a.k.a. from hot to neutral), it cuts the flow off, saving you from a possibly fatal accident.

Outlet’s Voltage

Like with socket shapes, different countries also use different voltages of electricity. When you purchase a gadget, it usually comes with a piece of paper with information on voltages they support. You have to take note of this information because plugging your device in the wrong socket can cause impairment. If you are visiting a country and your gadget is not rated for their socket’s voltage, purchase a voltage converter to convert the electricity to a different voltage. Try and get a surge protector with multiple outlets. That way, you can plug in several devices and use voltage converters all at once.

 

Learn more about sockets to prevent you and your appliances from falling victim to electrical mishaps. Mind the outlet’s voltage before plugging in your device in order to avoid damaging your gadget. Most of all, think about investing in safe and correct sockets to have well-maintained appliances at home.

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