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Single Pole or Double Pole sockets - Any preference?

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by JayM, 16 Nov 2010.

  1. JayM

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    I'm having some sockets added downstairs and the elctrician has told me what to get, as I can get discount in a store. He just listed sockets but do I get double poled or single? Didn't think to ask. The house is only a few years old and I think the current sockets are single. But how can i tell?
     
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    Get double pole. Virtually no difference in price and seems to be standard now for all brands.
     
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    Thanks. How can I tell from looking at a socket what I currently have?
     
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    In terms of price double pole tend to be a bit dearer.

    In terms of use double pole isolates both Line and Neutral at the socket when the switch is off - so for electrical equipment that is left plugged in but not switched on probably a bit safer.

    For all rewires and socket changes I always fit double pole.

    As for whether it is a single or double pole socket- there might be something marked on the rear of the socket - otherwise you could test it with a multimeter for continuity.
     
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    The rear of the socket will usually say 'Double pole' or 'DP' on its moulding if it's double pole. Single pole will not.

    EDIT: need to type faster...
     
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