5 Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying Modular Switches and Sockets - Precision Electricals

5 Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying Modular Switches and Sockets

There are many factors to consider when you are designing a new home or renovating an existing one. It takes careful consideration to get the balance just right. Everything from the wall paint to furniture to the make of your switches is crucial. Nowadays, as far as electrical amenities are concerned, modular switches and sockets seem to be the popular choice for end users. Modular switches get all the attention not only because they add value to your home’s aesthetic, but because they are a long-term investment. Their superior physical quality ensures that they needn’t be replaced too frequently. Electrical switches also necessitate vigilance over safety factors—a single human blunder might be fatal if you choose a switch with easily-exposed contacts. So, in this blog post, we present a list of criteria that you should keep in mind before purchasing modular switches and their sockets.

Consider Several Modular Cover Plate Exteriors:

You spend so much time and effort designing your home, you would want to choose from a modular switches range that offers several differing cover plate options so that you can mix and match them to the interior aesthetic appropriately. Precision Electricals offers modular switches with cover plates in a variety of switch-orientations, materials, and finishes. We have oakwood-mimicking switch plates that would match well with interiors that have a rustic look; we have glossy, champagne gold switch plates that would match well with an ostentatious interior look. The possibilities are many!

Spend Money on High-quality Material:

It is critical to have durable and high-quality modular sockets in order to protect the people in the house or facility from any potential electrical hazards. Being close-fisted when purchasing modular switches is not optimal; it makes more sense to spend your money on products that are of excellent quality, have long functional lives, and are fire-retardant. To keep the premises a safe haven, most modular switches nowadays are made of polycarbonates, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), and other polymers that resist the flames that originate from electrical sparks. Make sure to choose a product that meets these norms!

Modern Connectivity & Device-Compatibility:

With the changing times, electronic devices advanced in leaps and bounds. Our laptops, smartphones, and tablets use a variety of cable-types and ports—switchgear manufacturers have had to adapt to keep their share of the market. Make sure your modular switch plates have provisions for USB ports and the like. Furthermore, we often have our gadgets shipped from overseas, where cables and pin-types are adapted to different types of sockets, so you may have needed special adaptors and extensions to plug them into your Indian sockets. Buying a modern universal socket in your house or workplace can help you solve this problem of different pin-types.

Think About the Safety of Toddlers:

Invariably, toddlers will wander your home, and you need to consider how their ignorance of electrical hazards might pose a danger to them. No doubt, you can explain the danger, but there’s always a chance they will stick their fingers in the socket holes when no one is supervising them. Therefore, it’s critical to choose modular sockets with retractable shutters that prevent toddlers from putting their fingers, pins, or pencils into the holes, where they can be in danger of touching the live contacts in the outlet.  These sockets are closed by default, and require pressure on two pin-holes simultaneously to open, preventing any sort of interference by an unsuspecting toddler.

Look for Easy Repair & Replacement Options:

Repairing or replacing an electrical non-modular switch has traditionally been a hassle, as it required unscrewing the entire face plate and then reinstalling it after the repairs or replacement had been undertaken. This causes damage to the wall and the paint around it. A more convenient alternative is provided by new modular switches and connections. A defective electrical switch can be replaced with a front-loading mechanism that allows quick detachment of a specific switch or socket on the plate rather than detaching the entire plate. Modular switches also tend to have superior materials used for their electrical contacts inside. Silver cadmium, phosphor bronze, silver-plated brass, and copper are preferred over cheaper materials like iron. They resist corrosion and rust better, and they tend to have higher conductivity. With a well-pressured spring, these switches require minimum contact resistance, which reduces frictional damage to the materials during the process of turning a switch off and on. This simplified mechanism reduces the need for repair. Look for the ISI (Indian Standards Institute) mark on these products to ensure that they are of the best quality possible before buying them. If you are still considering modular switches and sockets as options, feel free to contact Precision Electricals for technical information, affordable deals, and ideas on how to install them on your premises.
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