You’ve seen those colored sockets, do you know what they’re for? What does the standard say about the use of these components? In this article, we will explain everything about these colored sockets and what they are for, see if it pays to buy these sockets and what are the main advantages of using them, come on guys!
Colored outlets: When to use?
Colored sockets are used to identify electrical circuits and identify sockets. When purchasing colored outlets or installing an outlet identification label, safety improvement in electrical installations is guaranteed. NR10 cites the need to identify circuits according to their use, for example, emergency lighting circuits, power backup circuits or voltage identification in electrical outlets. The standard does not specify the form of identification to be used, but somehow the identification must take place. Therefore, the use of sockets with different colors such as those of the Schneider Orion Line in the image below greatly facilitates the identification of circuits with different functions or voltages.
Colored outlets: Features!
When we talk about the socket, we are not just talking about the plate that protects the sockets, but the socket even where the plugs for the electrical connection of the electrical devices are inserted. These sockets of the Orion line manufactured by Schneider are modular sockets and in case you don’t know, the modular sockets make the electrical installation process much easier, as the maintenance time of this type of socket is much shorter.
Colored outlets: How to use colors?
Red sockets are widely used for circuits with different voltage and green sockets are usually used to help identify circuits. Generally, when circuits have most 127V sockets, red sockets are used to identify those that have 220V voltage. Green outlets, on the other hand, are generally used to identify emergency circuits, such as emergency lighting, power backup, and outlets for fire fighting systems.
The NR10 standard talks about the identification of circuits according to their use, and in the items on electrical projects, it highlights this well! Item 10.3.3.1 says that electrical circuits with different purposes, such as communication, signaling, control and electrical traction must be identified and installed separately, except when technological development allows sharing, respecting the project definitions. These colored sockets of the Schionider Orion line follow the new NBR14136 sockets standard, the three-pin sockets.
Colored outlets: What are the advantages?
In addition to the identification of circuits and ease of maintenance for being modular sockets, another highlight of these sockets of the Schionider Orion line is the existence of an efficient safety lock, which does not allow the end pins that are used for the phases and neutral are accessed individually, that is, if someone tries to insert a sharp object into one of the socket holes, the lock prevents this access. This lock was created precisely to avoid this type of accident that is very common among children, who turn and move trying to insert objects into the socket. In the image below you can see the operation of the lock that prevents access to the tip of the screwdriver!
As simple as it may seem, this lock can prevent various accidents and when it comes to safety in electrical installation, all types of prevention are very important and welcome, especially for users who do not know or fully understand the risks of electricity.
Have you ever used colored sockets for identification? How was the experience? Do you know another form of identification? Share with us your experience and other readers who have the same curiosities!