Torrevieja Electricians

Plugs and sockets are two of the electrical components that should be inspected when buying a home in Spain. In fact, it’s advisable for any new home owner to arrange a complete electrical inspection in order to be issued a Boletin Certificate. These are undertaken by an electrical contractor such as Torrevieja Electricians. They are essentially a ‘clean bill of health’ for your home’s electrical system. Boletin’s comply with the current Spanish Electrical Regulations.

Why New Plugs and Sockets

As with many issues in Spain, the ‘mañana mañana’ attitude means there are still several outdated types of plug sockets still in use in thousands of Spanish homes. These are a menace, and in some of the country’s older properties several different types of these sockets can be found in one home. Basically they have no earth connection and drastically increase the chance of electrocution. Without the socket being earthed, an electric shock can prove fatal.

Why New Plugs And Sockets

As with many issues in Spain, the ‘mañana mañana’ attitude means there are still several outdated types of plug sockets still in use in thousands of Spanish homes. These are a menace, and in some of the country’s older properties several different types of these sockets can be found in one home. Basically they have no earth connection and drastically increase the chance of electrocution. Without the socket being earthed, an electric shock can prove fatal.

What Plugs And Sockets To Use

As of 2002 the standard plugs and sockets used throughout the country are the Schuko 16 Amp type F. Sockets are wired to what’s commonly referred to as a radial type circuit. Protection for the circuit breaker is based on the maximum current rating of the cable used to wire the socket. Further to this, electrical equipment and appliances such as ovens, washing machines and dish washers that are more high powered are wired separately. Good to know for those making the move from UK, the Spanish system works fine for British appliances.

Design Of The Schuko Plugs And Sockets

Although a good design, there is one irregularity of the Schuko that the average layman sees as a bonus. This is the fact that they are un-polarized. In layman’s terms, this means that live and neutral can arrive at either of the pins, making it possible to insert your plug into the socket either way. Great when you’re fumbling around in the dark but from an electician’s point of view, not an ideal design. However, other features of the Schuko design make them very safe and secure, and they can also be used with the standard 2 pin Europlug.

How Schuko Plugs And Sockets Work

The socket of the Schuko has a recessed cavity which forms a snug fit for the plug. This is especially beneficial for heavy, unwieldy plugs such as those that have built in transformers. At the top and bottom of the socket recess are the earth clips. For extra stability and ease of use, on either side of the socket recess are guiding slots. When the plug is inserted, matching earth strips make contact with the earth clips before the pins connect. This makes them a very safe option. Due to the recess, it’s also virtually impossible to accidentally touch the plug’s pin.

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