Everyone knows what a wall plate is. You see them everyday, but you probably don’t give them a second thought. Maybe you should reconsider those dull rectangles, though (and start by reading my article on when to replace them), since there are actually many different types of wall plates available beyond the standard electrical outlet you’re used to seeing.
They look sad…and kinda surprised.
Here are just some of the types of electrical based wall plates available for different applications.
A Few Types of Wall Plates and Their Uses
Keystone wall plates: This type of plate features anywhere from 1 to 6 small holes for keystone modules, which can be applied to a number of different multimedia applications. A “keystone module”, for those who might be unaware, is a small snap-in package featuring a connection port for any number of purposes, including audio, video, data, networking and more. Like most types of outlet plates, these come in multiple different color types to help match in with the surrounding décor or whatever mood you’re in on any given day (black if you’re feeling emo, gray if you’re feeling boring, etc.).
I like my outlet plates black…like my soul.
A/V wall plates: These are specially designed plates which are perfect for use with corresponding inserts to meet your audio and visual needs. They are ideal for home theater setups or entertainment systems. Personally, I’d say the coolest one is this Recessed Media Box with a self-healing face. It eliminates visible holes and allows you to run multiple cables through a single opening. I wish I had a self-healing face. I’d charge people to punch me square in the nose. People get to let out their aggression, and I get a little pocket money without the staggering hospital bills. It’s a win-win.
Telephone wall plates: These guys are designed to provide an easy connection for telephones. For the under thirty set who are undoubtedly scratching their heads right now, a “phone” used to be something that actually needed to plug into the wall, not just a little computer box that fits in your pocket. These wall-plates generally feature a single port, although multiple connections can be used. They are white in color, and are great for providing an easy installation of a phone system within businesses or homes (for all five of you out there who still have a house land line).
Let me know when they come in black.
Gang Wall Plates: “Gang” in this scenario refers not to a group of thugs, but to gangbox, which is a term in the electrical industry that refers to a box, usually metal, that houses installed electrical components. When it comes to wall plates, a “1 gang” houses a single component, like a switch for example, while a “2 gang” houses two components side by side, and so on in that fashion. Plates that house up to six gangs are available. These plates are designed to be installed over the top of electrical power points, or any other electrical based connection point to help create a flush appearance. They’re available in all kinds of set-ups for whatever your electrical needs might be, and you can tell that emo kid up there that they have them in several colors and styles.
Including red. That guy likes red, right?
Filed under: Cable Management, Cables and Wires, Electrical
When it comes to installing power strips and extension cords it is important to install them correctly to ensure that they not only function accordingly but also provide a safe means of power for any application. Here are some of the don’ts of power strip and extension cord usage you may need to consider when installing them.
Don’ts Of Power Strip and Extension Cord Use
1) Extension cords are designed for temporary use only and should only be used for short periods of time. Never use an extension cord for weeks or even months at a time as this may cause harm to your devices and may result in overheating or overuse of the cord.
2) Power strips and other uninterruptible power supplies should never be used if they don’t have a resettable circuit breaker integrated into the design. Circuit breakers are designed to cut power instantly to the compatible devices causing them to avoid the risk of overloads. If your power strip doesn’t feature a resettable circuit breaker then it is best to replace it with a newer version for added safety.
3) Another no, no of power strip use is daisy chaining your power cords. Daisy chain is the method of plugging one device into another and then into another off the same power supply outlet. This form of installation can cause lowered power functions throughout the installation and can cause your devices to overheat.
4) Another thing that should not be done when installing a power strip is to overload it. Overloading your power strip with multiple devices running at once can cause the circuit breaker to trip. If this happens do not force the installation to function as it may cause it to overload and overheat resulting in a fire. You should also not cover any electrical boxes or strips as this may also cause the device to overheat resulting in a fire.
5) Lastly this may be common sense, although you should never use any sort of electrical device near moisture or wet areas. The risk of electrocution is extremely high when used in combination with water and may result in a fatality. Always use your power strips, extension cords and other electronics in dry areas.
When you have multiple devices it can be hard to control them all in a user friendly manner. If you own multiple Leviton devices and find this is the case, then you may just need the Leviton® Vizia RF+™ LCD Display Remote Control with Timer. Great for controlling up to 128 compatible devices it provides an easy and user friendly method of control for all your applications.
The Benefits of The Leviton LCD Remote Control
Benefit #1 – Optimal Control: One of the first benefits of this remote control is that is provides high control over all your Leviton Vizia RF+ devices. This remote control delivers a user friendly operation and is made with an easy to grip design which is easy to use for long term applications. It is perfect for controlling up to 128 devices and comes with a 5 year warranty.
Benefit #2 – LCD Display: Another benefit of this great remote control is that it provides an easy to read LCD display which promotes high visibility throughout the day or night. This controller features a step-by-step electronic installation checklist guide and is designed to provide enhanced programming options with the simple press of a button. The LCD screen is bright and can deliver easy operation with optimal viewing properties.
Benefit #3 – Timer Settings: One more great feature about this Leviton remote control is that it offers an astronomical clock and timer which allows you to easily create 64 different timed events. These events allow you to provide optimal programming for turning your lights on and off when needed for added convenience.
Benefit #4 – Security Feature: Another great benefit about this product is that it features a security setting which allows for it to easily secure the configurations to protect from unwanted or accidental changes when used. This can be beneficial especially when a certain setting is constantly used.
So if you own Leviton devices and want one easy method of keeping them under control then why not try the Leviton® Vizia RF+™ LCD Display Remote Control with Timer and see whether it suits your control needs.
We all know that sometimes in their working life your devices will eventually need charging. Although it can be difficult to charge multiple items at the onetime especially when there are minimal power points located in your room. If you find you have this problem, then look no further than the BlueLounge® Refresh Multi-Device Charging Station which is ideal for charging multiple devices at the one time to help keep you on the move.
The Benefits Of Using A Charging Station
One of the main benefits of using a charging station such as the BlueLounge® Refresh Multi-Device Charging Station is that it is able to handle up to 3 devices at the one time. This can help with charging up to 3 iPods, iPhones, cell phones, or any other smaller type of mobile devices. This is great for anyone who may be travelling and need the perfect compact way to charge all devices in a quick and easy manner.
Not only does this charging station provide easy charging of mobile devices but it is able to also include support for 2 iPod connections, micro USBs, and mini USB devices. It can also accommodate for modern portable devices for added convenience and versatility.
Another great thing about this particular charging station is that is able to offer an angled look which is perfect for allowing you to view your incoming messages as well as phone calls easily. It also provides a user friendly way of changing your playlist and provides easy access to your devices at any time.
One more great feature about the BlueLounge charging station is that is provides a rubberized top which helps to keep your devices clean and professional looking while helping to keep them in place at all times during the charging process.
So if you are in need of a user friendly and simple way of charging your devices then why not take a look at the BlueLounge® Refresh Multi-Device Charging Station and see just how user friendly this charging unit can actually be for your busy lifestyle.
Filed under: Electrical, Power and Data Distribution
Surge protection is always important in home or business applications to help protect your devices from all sorts of damage that may be inflicted with a power overload and surge. The brand new Tripp-Lite PROTECT IT!® TLP Series 4, 6, and 7 Outlet Surge Protectors are designed to provide powerful protection in large surges to help with reducing damage that may be inflicted onto your expensive electronics.
The Importance Of Installing Surge Protectors.
The main reason why it is important to install surge protectors around your home or office is to protect all your electronics from becoming damaged due to a high electrical discharge along the electrical wiring. Surges can cause your devices to short circuit, catch on fire, and damage the inner electrical wires. These protectors can also help you save money as well without having to find money to repair the damaged products.
Benefits Of The Tripp-Lite PROTECT IT!® TLP Series 4, 6, and 7 Outlet Surge Protectors
Benefit #1 – High Protection: This brand new surge protector is capable of providing a high protection rating which allows for it handle surges up to 3240 joules. This enables optimal protection at all times for your equipment and can protect against sudden surges after a blackout or when an overload on the system occurs.
Benefit #2 – Multiple Protection: Not only does this device help to protect all your common electrical devices it can also help with protecting satellite, Ethernet, and telephones along with your normal and standard plug in devices. They are great for any room or location including offices, homes, businesses, and industrial areas.
Benefit #3 – Expansion: Lastly this great surge protector unit is perfect for accommodating between 4 and 12 devices all at once with its long design. It is perfect for expanding protection to a number of areas and is great for any standard North American power outlet.
So if you need to protect your valuable electrical equipment, then why not try this high powered surge protector and see just how beneficial it can really be for your electrical applications.
CableOrganizer.com is giving away an iPad mini to a lucky winner. Now you have the chance to color co-ordinate your wall outlet plates to your decor, update old wall plates that are damaged or worn. You can even get specialized wall outlet covers to bring new technology into your home, that’s right we have wall plates that help route cables neatly into a room, and other with built in USB chargers (you’ll never have to look for an iPhone charging adapter again).
Ugly Wall Outlet Plates will be banished! Say hello, to touch screw-less plates, dimmers, Home Theater specialized wall plates with built in HDMI, A/V, VGA and Multimedia. If you are wondering if we have light switch covers brushed stainless steel, driftwood or Red we most certainly do. Choose from over 50 colors and styles.
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Looking for a reason to update your wall plates? I’ll give you 7
- Oversized Wall Plates are perfect for wall plates with gaps around the edges which can pose a fire hazard in the home.
- Previously badly installed outlet covers might need to be replaced with more compliant covers or undersized sectional cover that fit.
- Over heating – wall plates and electrical outlets with built in surge protectors are a must for heavy usage outlets.
- Outdated and Old Wall plates that no longer match your style or decor
- Give your home the edge: An easy way to update the look and feel of your home and increase the selling price at the same time
- Technology mismatch: You have the latest HD Television why not get the wall plates to match
- Blank wall plate covers are great for sealing off unused outlets or gaps.
More Wall Plate Covers that are colorful, powerful and easy to install:
Decora wall plate covers are one of the most versatile and hip outlet covers on the market. You can choose the right one for your home:
Material, Orientation (horizontal or vertical), 15 Colors, weather-resistant, GCFI and # of gangs.
Leviton’s weather resistant covers have a self closing lid. Perfect for use outdoors for your sprinkler timer, pumps and hedge trimmers. The sturdy Covers that are rain tight while in use and looks good against any landscape and decor, there’s no need to cover them up during the holidays.
What about your home theater, playstation and mobile phone, don’t their outlets deserve new covers?
Blank wall plates are perfect for covering up disused wall outlets.
You can get anywhere from 1 gang up to 8 gang blank wall plates.
Or you can keep your options open and get a normal wall plate with blank inserts that you can swop out later when you are ready for your dimmer, fan switch, timer, A/V input or USB charger. It’s up to you!
For your home
Wall outlet covers dedicated to cable management to support your wiring and cabling needs:
Or where you have space sensitive applications – like behind your flat screen television we have the perfect recessed outlet plates.
Those are only a few of the bounty of wall outlet covers we carry, if you have a specialized need, I’m sure we carry a wall plate that will fit the bill. Talk to one of our technical specialists, even if we don’t carry it, we’ll point you to someone who does.
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Projectors have been around for a long time, although with upcoming innovations and new advancements in the field of technology the world has welcomed new digital projectors which are great for a number of different reasons. Projectors such as the 3M™ X30/X30N/X35N Digital Projectors are a great choice for business or work applications and can easily provide a number of benefits that will make your presentation or working environment easier to handle.
Benefits Of 3M™ X30/X30N/X35N Digital Projectors
Advantage #1 – Clearer Images: One of the first benefits of having a digital projector is that with the updated technology they are capable of creating clearer and more detailed images that will benefit your presentation or viewing. Now you can easily watch or view detailed images or movies clearly and impress your boss at work by providing a professional appearance to you and your work.
Advantage #2 – Power Saving: Another great thing about a digital projector is that it is designed to offer lower power consumption than other models. Newer models such as the 3M™ X30/X30N/X35N Digital Projectors provide eco-friendly operation which helps to save energy and money.
Advantage #3 – Universal: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better this digital projector also features a universal power adapter which makes it suitable for use in any location all around the world. It is ideal for taking with you on very important business or conference meeting trips and is able to deliver reliable use each and every time.
Advantage #4: – Customizable: With its unique design, this digital projector offers a personal input souring name which makes it perfect for you to customise your input devices such as an iPod, laptop and more. It provides easy adaption and connection of other devices and promotes high operation capabilities when used.
So if you are in business or you just need a high quality digital projector, why not take a look at the 3M™ X30/X30N/X35N Digital Projector and see just how many benefits you can get out of this one device.
Have you ever wanted to plug multiple devices into surge protectors but found you don’t have enough room or surge protection devices to accommodate for all your devices? Well with the innovative SmartSocket® Tabletop Surge Protector you can now plug all your devices into one convenient area while providing optimal protection against surges.
Benefits Of The SmartSocket® Tabletop Surge Protector
Benefit #1 – More Plug Space: One of the first benefits of this cool looking surge protector is that is provides a stylish and circular design which promotes additional space for plugging in up to 6 devices at the same time.
Benefit #2 – High Voltage Protection: With its rating up to 1500 joules along with its 330V clamping voltage this surge protector is designed to promote ultimate protection of multiple media equipment and valuable computer devices. This protector can help you to save thousands of dollars and can help to prevent damage due to power surges.
Benefit #3 – Colour Outlets: Not only does this product allow for additional protection for multiple devices but it also promotes easy color-coding of your devices with its coloured outlets. It is perfect for assigning spaces for employees and is ideal for identifying and labelling certain cabling.
Benefit #4 – Filtration: When multiple devices are connected with each other there is nothing worse than the interfere that is related to power loss. This surge protector is capable of providing EMI and RFI noise filtration which can help with eliminating power loss interference and interference with inconsistent connectivity.
Benefit #5 – Warning Alarms: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better this surge protector warns you when a power loss occurs. Inbuilt with an audible alarm it can warn you quickly when you’re connected devices may be compromised.
So if you need a high quality surge protector which can easily handle most of your devices while protecting them from surges then why not take a look at the SmartSockets® Surge Protector to give your workspace a professional and user friendly appearance.
Filed under: Cable Identification, Cable Wraps, Electrical
Whether you’re a professional or just a DIYer, it can be a great asset for you to have electrical tape in your toolbox at all times. Electrical tape is designed to be used for a variety of demanding and challenging uses which can be anything from protecting water pipes to repairing minor electrical wiring damage. However there are times when this special tape should and shouldn’t be used and here are some tips on where best use your electrical tape to help make your job easier.
Don’t Use Electrical Tape as a Replacement for Wire Nuts
It is important when using electrical tape on electrical wiring such as light switches, outlets, and junction boxes that the tape is used as a temporary measure and not a permanent measure. The reason for this is that with close contact to bare wiring the tape may heat up causing it to degrade over time. This can be problematic especially if it is in contact with something associated with you or your family members. To make sure your family is protected at all times it is best to substitute electrical tape with wire nuts for permanent installations.
Use Only on Minor Cord or Wire Damage
Electrical tape can be used to repair minor wire or cord damage, although it shouldn’t be used if there are frays, cracks or exposed bare electrical wiring. If you have cords that have a nicked or cracked outer sheath but the inner insulation is intact then you may use electrical tape for a safer repair. If the electrical wiring is exposed it may cause the electrical tape to heat up causing a fire hazard. It is also advisable not to cover the electrical tape with flammable materials such as cloths or rugs to also reduce a fire hazard.
Stretch the Tape as You Wrap
When applying electrical tape it is important to wrap it around the object properly to ensure that it works accordingly to how you need it to. To apply correctly it is designed to be stretched slightly allowing for it to adhere better to the object you are wrapping. Applying it loosely may cause complications with insulation protection leading to wire exposure.
Spray With Dielectric Spray
Spray the electrical tape with a clear coat enamel or another selected dielectric spray. This spray can help to protect the tape better and is able to provide increased insulation properties. When applying this spray it is important to turn off the power supply to the cabling until the spray is cured or dried.
If you have ever gone to a social, public, hospitality, or business area you may have noticed the glowing sign above the door with “EXIT” written on it. Exit signs such as LED exit signs are important within business and public areas for many reasons to help keep the public safe at all times. These signs are available in numerous colours and designs and may be more important than you think.
Reasons Why LED Exit Signs Are Important
One of the first reasons why exits signs are important in your business is to show customers or visitors which door you need to walk through to exit the building. These can be beneficial for larger businesses with many interconnecting doors and allows customers to go freely from a building in an organized fashion.
Another important reason why exit signs are used are to help visitors to find a way out during an emergency situation. During a fire, smoke may cause low visibility which makes it hard for people to find the exit door. With the use of an LED exit sign it can shine through the smoke clearly allowing panicked individuals to get out before serious injury or a fatality occurs.
Where To Place Exit Signs
Exit signs are generally placed above doors leading out of the building or to staircases that lead to lower levels of a multiple storey building. These signs shouldn’t be placed above windows unless they are leading to a safe way out of the building. Some exit signs are also accompanied by arrow signs which help to indicate the way to the exit when visibility is lowered. These signs are generally placed along hallways and staircases directing people which way to walk.
Overall exit signs are generally marked with clear symbols and wording which is highly recognizable in dark or emergency situations. They are mandatory in all business, public, and hospitality applications and can help to save lives each and every year. If you own a business that doesn’t have an exit sign, why not take the time to consider just how important this one sign is for your business and visitors.