12-way consumer units are often used in commercial kitchens and power tools, but you might be surprised at how much you can use this device in your home too. Although the name suggests that it has 12 outlets, there are only ten outlets on a 12-way consumer unit, with two of those being switched and one having ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection built into it. The other nine outlets are each powered by their own 20 amp circuit breaker and are rated for 120/240 volts.
1) Reduced risk of accidents
A 12-way consumer unit is more stable than the standard 3-way and less likely to tip over. This reduces the risk of accidents in your home.
Plus, because there are no exposed wires on the exterior, it is safer for children and pets to walk by or even play with the device.
2) Peace of mind for family members
Even if you live in a safe area, accidents happen and people forget to lock their doors. With the use of a 12-way consumer unit, each family member can have an alarm system that alerts them if anyone is trying to enter their home when they are not there.
Plus, with the use of motion sensors and cameras, you will be able to know what is happening at your house even if you are not there.
3) Visible safeguards against hazards at home
Did you know that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that nearly 1 million injuries, including about 190 deaths, occur every year from unintentional, nonfatal home fires?
A home fire is one of the leading causes of death among children, and it also claims many lives among the elderly and disabled who cannot escape from their homes when a fire strikes.
4) Peace of mind from an independent professional electrician
Whether you’re new to the area, or just updating your home’s electrical system, electrician Ken Brown can help. With over 20 years of experience and an A+ rating with the BBB, he’s been helping homeowners in the Gainesville area make sure they’re safe without breaking their budget.
Ken offers both repair and installation services – whatever your needs may be. Whether it’s something as simple as installing a new outlet or as complex as rewiring an entire home; Ken is there to help!
5) Cost-effective in the long term
A 12-way electrical plug is more cost-effective than three or four-way plugs. It has the same amount of sockets, so there is no reason to have an extra socket that sits unused.
The only difference between a 4 and 6-way plug is that it costs less to buy a 4-way socket than it does to buy two 3-way sockets. This means that in the long term, you will save money by buying the more cost-efficient option.
12-way consumer units are used in many homes and businesses as the main power distribution points in the electrical system to which all other circuit devices are connected and receive power from. They are also commonly known as power panels or breaker boxes since the device contains breakers that can be thrown or tripped to turn off the power flow to individual circuits or groups of circuits within the panel.