Remember the days when you tripped a fuse sending you to the breaker box to fix it? Not anymore. Legrand (who owns Pass & Seymour) now offers an all-in-one solution giving you reliable, code-compliant ground fault protection for all indoor and outdoor areas.
With the number of mobile devices used these days, Legrand went a step further and designed the first-of-its-kind, all-in-one GFCI USB outlet. The outlet features two USB connections to keep devices charged and ready. With versions designed for residential, commercial, and healthcare applications, any project can gain the superior safety of self-testing, point-of-use GFCI protection and the modern convenience of built-in charging, all in a single device.
While everyone is elated at the prospect of never having to chase down a charger for their device, some do have a few questions about the installation process and cost.
If you want to DIY it, the DIY job starts with turning off the power to the outlet from your electrical panel. Use a multimeter or outlet tester to verify that there is no power to the outlet. Then, you can use a screwdriver to remove the exterior wall plate and remove the screws mounting the outlet to the wall box behind it. Further instructions can be viewed in following video.
Q: If you want to hire someone to install the GFCI, who should you call?
The USB charging receptacle installs the same as a standard outlet, so any electrician should be able to do it.
Q: Will switching to a USB outlet affect your electricity bill?
No, USB receptacles do not affect electricity costs because they provide the same amount of power as the USB charging cord phone manufacturers include with a phone. Unlike the standard outlets, the benefit of a GFCI outlet is it is designed to monitor current flow and will trip the circuit if it detects any variation in the flow, preventing surges and electrocution.
Q: What is the cost to replace a standard 120V outlet?
Expect to pay everywhere from $125 to $175 to replace or install a standard 120V outlet.
National Fuse Products carries a full line of Pass & Seymour Legrand products, including the new GFCI USB outlets. National Fuse is currently offering special pricing on 125 volt outlets – on sale now for only $37.95 (20 amp) and $36.95 (15 amp)! To view specs and to place an order: 20 amp outlet and 15 amp outlet.