How close to a panel can an outlet be?

Switch and Outlet Height

Electrical Standards in Structured CablingBy Miguel Aldama, RCDD/NTS/OSP/WD, TPMTechnical ManagerMexico, Central America and Spanish-speaking CaribbeanIntroductionStructured cabling systems have many elements that by their nature or installation conditions, must comply with the requirements established in the electrical standards. In spite of this, many people involved in structured cabling have to comply with the requirements established in the electrical standards.

Electrical StandardsEach country, and even each locality, has its own electrical regulations, whose fundamental purpose is the safety of people; hence their mandatory nature.The most relevant electrical regulations are the following:Importance of the Application of Electrical StandardsThe improper use and installation of electrical energy, even in limited power, can be a danger to living beings, the environment and material goods.In electrical installations, there are two types of major risks: shock currents and excessive temperatures; capable of causing burns, fires, explosions or other dangerous effects. To prevent both types of risks,

How far apart should there be between outlets?

The minimum horizontal distance between the natural gas piping coming out of the protection box and the electrical connection as well as those electrical installations that can produce sparks such as switches, sockets, among others, shall be 15 cm.

How many sockets can be placed on a circuit?

A 16 ampere branch circuit breaker can protect a circuit of sockets or switches wired in 1.5 mm. The standard then provides for the possibility of connecting a maximum of 8 sockets. Beyond this number, you must place another 16 amp circuit breaker to be placed on the dedicated line.

Where to place the outlets?

Sockets should always be located 30 centimeters from the floor. Switches and switches should be located at a height of 1.10 meters from the floor and 15 centimeters from the door frame.

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Height of outlets in bedrooms

When placing sockets or switches it is important to take into account the needs in each of the rooms of a house to choose the most appropriate mechanisms, whether plugs, switches, switches, switches, etc.. Once this is clear, we have to follow the indicated norm to introduce the boxes of the mechanisms.

Once clear the place that will occupy the plugs and the switches, the following thing is to mark the situation of the electrical box, located normally near the entrance of the house between 1,40 and 2 meters of height with respect to the ground. In commercial premises the minimum height is 1 meter. These are some of the general recommendations:

We recommend you to take a look at this article where we explain how to choose switches and sockets. It will surely solve your doubts. And don’t miss this article about grounded sockets.

Where you plan to locate the entertainment area with the TV, home cinema equipment and video players, you will need at least three or four sockets, in addition to the antenna and / or satellite socket.  If you plan to hang the TV on the wall, take the opportunity to place a socket and the antenna socket at the same height, so you will avoid hanging cables.

How to distribute the outlets in a house?

Note that all walls wider than 0.6m must have an outlet and outlets must be at the same distance. If outlets on the floor are not less than 0.5m from the wall, they should not be counted towards the number of outlets required.

How many outlets should a room have?

– Sockets and lights Living room or living room:

One miscellaneous outlet every 6 m2 or three total. One air conditioning outlet, if any, every 10 m2, up to a maximum of two.

Where to place electrical outlets in bathrooms?

Electrical outlets, switches or appliances are prohibited in zone 0. The radio or heater should be at least 1 m away from the shower or bathtub. Bathroom sockets should be at a certain height, recommended minimum 1.10 m from the floor and should be designed and protected against moisture and water.

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Height of circuit breakers and sockets according to argentine standard

A 20 ampere branch circuit breaker protects up to 12 sockets with a larger cable section as it will be 12 mm². In fact, some devices require the use of larger cable cross-sections. This is particularly the case when the power diffused by the device can reach up to 4500 watts.

For devices that require a lot of power such as your dryer, your dishwasher, your washing machine or your oven, then you will have to create at least 3 circuits with only one device per circuit. Each of them will be protected by a 20 amp circuit breaker.

Regarding electric heating : a 20 amp circuit breaker must be dedicated to each circuit of 4500 watts. In a house, radiator circuits can be large and the power of each radiator can reach 3000 watts.

In general, the bypass circuit breaker has a particular characteristic, the rating, that is, a maximum electrical current. It is expressed in amperes and is visible on the front face of the circuit breaker.

What happens if you connect many things to the same plug?

If you pile up too many connections in a single outlet, you can overload the circuit and cause a short circuit or fire. Don’t put electrical cords under rugs and never use broken or badly worn cords. Cover unused outlets to prevent injury to small children.

How many plugs can be placed per circuit in Chile?

For lighting circuits, the maximum number of centers not exceeding a power of 1500 W shall be accepted. For each socket circuit a maximum of 8 centers will be accepted when they are double sockets and when they are triple sockets a maximum of 5 centers will be accepted.

Where to place a socket for a hood?

The socket where the hood is to be connected to the electricity should be placed above and behind the hood, so that it will be as inconspicuous as possible and without dangling wires.

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When placing sockets or switches it is important to take into account the needs in each of the rooms of a house to choose the most appropriate mechanisms, whether sockets, switches, switches, etc.. Once this is clear, we have to follow the indicated norm to introduce the boxes of the mechanisms.

Once clear the place that will occupy the plugs and the switches, the following thing is to mark the situation of the electrical box, located normally near the entrance of the house between 1,40 and 2 meters of height with respect to the ground. In commercial premises the minimum height is 1 meter. These are some of the general recommendations:

We recommend you to take a look at this article where we explain how to choose switches and sockets. It will surely solve your doubts. And don’t miss this article about grounded sockets.

Where you plan to locate the entertainment area with the TV, home cinema equipment and video players, you will need at least three or four sockets, in addition to the antenna and / or satellite socket.  If you plan to hang the TV on the wall, take the opportunity to place a socket and the antenna socket at the same height, so you will avoid hanging cables.

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