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Wiring Terms

When your Electrician talks to you about the various components, don't let them bamboozle you. Here are the terms that matter. Contact us if there's anything that we can add or question you'd like answered.

Distribution Switchboard
Main Switch
AC (Alternating Current)
Amps, Amp or Amperes
Burning Smells?
Cable Sizes
Cable Types
Ducting or cable capping
Earth Fault Loop Impedance Tests
Earthing and earth stakes.
ECP 51
ELCB's, (Earth Leakage Circuit Breakers) or RCD (Residual Current Device)
Flexible Cables or Extension Cords colours
Fluorescent Lamps (light bulbs)
Flush Box
Green Goo, Slime or Exudate
How do I reset a ‘tripped’ circuit breaker?
How Power Comes Into Your Home
ICP Number
Incandescent Filament Lamps (GLS and Reflector)
Insulation Resistance Tests
Is there a safety issue between having the old rewirable fuses instead of circuit breakers?
Junctions or Junction Boxes
Low Pressure Mercury Fluorescent Tubes
Main Fuse
Main/Meter Switchboard
Mains Entry Point
MCB's (Miniature Circuit Breakers)
New Zealand Electrical Codes of Practice (NZECP's)
Off Peak Power Rates
Phase and Neutral Conductor
Pole Fuse
Power Outlets or GPO's
Power/KwHr Meter
RCD (Residual Current Device)
RCD (Residual Current Device)
Rewirable Fuses
Ripple Relay
Switches - Lights and appliances
What is an RCBO?
Why does my home need rewiring?
Will switching fluorescent lights on/off frequently shorten their life?

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