Commercial vs. Residential Electrical Installation
Electricity is one of those things we take for granted. Flip a switch, and it’s there. Flip it again, and it goes away. Electricity is a current that flows continually, much like a raging river. It’s always there, it’s up to the system within a home or building to control how it is delivered. And as we all know, too much can be dangerous, even deadly.
The Differences Between Residential and Commercial Electrical Services
There are some significant differences between residential and commercial electrical services, and not every electrici. an is qualified to do both types of work. Differences between commercial and residential services include the different levels of energy demands, the different grade or quality of materials, and the different environments where wiring is installed.
Residential wiring is typically plastic sheathed wiring and doesn’t use conduits, even though they can be used. In commercial construction, conduit is always used. The power from the utility company varies greatly between residential and commercial applications. Homes use single-phase power that has two 120-volt wires (or legs) and a neutral wire. Commercial buildings use three-phase power which consists of two 120-volt legs, and one 208-volt leg and a neutral wire. Commercial electrical applications require power demands for larger electrical units and three-phase power enables power to flow more smoothly to needed areas.
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