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An OUTLET is a point on the wiring system at which current is taken to
supply utilization equipment.
Outlet is frequently misused. Common examples of outlets include
lighting outlets, receptacle outlets, and smoke alarm outlets.
A RECEPTACLE is a contact device installed at the outlet for the
connection of an attachment plug. A common example is multiple (or
duplex) wall receptacle.
A DEVICE is unit of an electrical system that carries or controls
electric energy as its principal function.
Components that distribute or control but do not consume electrical
energy are considered devices. Common examples of devices are
switches, circuit breakers, fuseholders, receptacles, attachment
plugs, and lampholders. Devices that consume incidental amounts of
electrical energy in the performance of carrying or controlling
electricity are also considered devices. Some examples of these
components include a switch with an internal pilot light, a GFCI
receptacle, and even a magnetic contractor.
An ATTACHMENT PLUG is a device that, by insertion into a receptacle,
establishes a connection between the conductors of the attached
flexible cord and the conductors connected permanently to the
A RECEPTACLE OUTLET is where one or more receptacles are installed.
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