All throughout your office building and even in your home, you’ll find Electrical Panels and Receptacles. These electrical components are integral to the flow of electrical current in your building.
Electric Panels Are Known By Other Names
You may also hear Electric Panels referred to by one of these names:
- Distribution Board
- Breaker Panel
- Electric Panel
Electrical Panel Purpose
The primary purpose of the electrical panel is to divide the main electrical feed from the power company into the secondary circuits for distribution throughout the rest of the building. Each one of these circuits has it’s own circuit breaker to protect the circuit from overloading.
The electrical panel is a metal box with a bunch of switches inside usually located in your garage. Electricity enters your home from the main feed from the power pole and terminates at the electrical panel.
Inside the electrical panel, attached to the wires, are circuit breakers which regulate the flow of current and can toggle to the off position if too much current is drawn by the wires. This is a safety feature to protect you and your home.
The wires carry the electrical current to each room in your home and terminate at an electrical outlet. Electrical outlets usually have two receptacles where you can plug in a toaster, blow dryer or other any device that requires electricity.