In our day to day life, we do not notice the electrical components installed around us which are designed to speed up our comfort. When we think of the electrical industry, our minds are clouded with images of heavy machinery and equipment. While to some extent this perception is true, there are other components that do not produce direct outputs but help other electric instruments deliver top-notch results.
Most people are unfamiliar with the mechanical, technical, or electrical industries. Therefore, they might not understand the fundamentals of basic power tools and how they work. This article attempts to shed some light on the basic principle of an electrical panel and how it enables the operation of different electrical devices.
So, let’s start by answering the most fundamental question: what is an electrical panel? It refers to a device that evenly distributes electrical power from multiple power sources to many smaller load circuits.
In other words, it can also be considered as a set of one or more panels containing switching devices for the control and optimum protection of electrical circuits supplied from a single panel. Here are two types of switches installed in different types of electrical panels available on the market:
- Unipolar or unidirectional electrical switch
This is the most commonly deployed type of switch to control fans, lights, and other electrical devices from a single location. It is usually designed with an on/off marking, which may not be present in three or four way switches.
- Bipolar or bidirectional electrical switch
These types of switches are typically deployed in a wide range of industrial applications, but are also installed in home wiring systems. Moreover, it also has a ground terminal which allows the user to seamlessly connect the switch with two pairs of wires.
Why do you need to modernize your electrical panel?
When professionals design power tools and equipment, they build them on the principle of durability and reliability. However, like all other electrical appliances, electrical panels should also be checked once every 5 to 6 years, as it is considered a good idea to upgrade your electrical panel every ten to twenty years.
The majority of old electrical panels operate on the principle of ceramic fuses instead of modern circuit breakers. Thus, most technicians and electricians will suggest that you install an upgraded circuit whenever a new type of electrical product or device is installed in your office or home.
So, if you are thinking of replacing your circuit breakers, it is a good idea to redo the entire electrical panel, which will ensure easy future conversions. Plus, let us dive into the various benefits of upgrading or redesigning your electrical panel:
- Repair loose connections and melted cables
Often, electrical panels have loose connections due to constant wear and tear, which can cause an electrical arc that triggers explosions or fires.
Most of the time, faulty or damaged circuit breakers can trip your office or home causing emergency situations. This can lead to heavy financial loss which can be avoided if you decide to upgrade the vital parts of your home or office in time.
- Reduced risk of fire on fuse panels
In the case of a fuse holder arc, it can instantly diffuse the accelerated temperature to all other installed circuits. Eventually, all the heat generated will lead to the generation of an arc which can start a fire, resulting in large-scale damage and loss.
Finally, we suggest that you approach a reputable electricity supplier. They have a team of professionally trained electricians and technicians who will ensure that the electrical panel is installed safely and reliably.
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