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miamicuse 06-15-2012 08:27 PM

Color of Receptacles
 
Does the color of a receptacles implies anything?

I recently purchased a lot of ten Pass & Seymour GFCI receptacles for $25.00 total, and the only thing is it's black in color.

I don't like to use different color plates, so I don't want a white plate with a white switch, next to a black plate with a black receptacle...would having all white plates but some black GFCI receptacles be awkward looking? I am thinking it's OK right because it hilites the receptacles more?

k_buz 06-15-2012 08:38 PM

You can do whatever you want. But mismatched plates/devices looks horrible IMO.

stickboy1375 06-15-2012 08:39 PM

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Originally Posted by miamicuse (Post 944300)
Does the color of a receptacles implies anything?

In certain applications, yes... they do mean something. In residential, most likely not... other than a design issue.

Missouri Bound 06-15-2012 09:10 PM

Orange receptacles are those used in isolated ground circumstances.

Code05 06-16-2012 07:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Missouri Bound (Post 944357)
Orange receptacles are those used in isolated ground circumstances.

While orange is common, so is white and other colors. Code does not require it to orange, just have an orange triangle.

(D) Isolated Ground Receptacles. Receptacles incorporating
an isolated grounding conductor connection intended
for the reduction of electrical noise (electromagnetic interference)
as permitted in 250.146(D) shall be identified by
an orange triangle located on the face of the receptacle.

md2lgyk 06-16-2012 08:25 AM

Not to hijack this thread, but besides the orange ones I have also seen red receptacles (don't recall where, except it was in some commercial building). What is the significance of that color?

stickboy1375 06-16-2012 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by md2lgyk (Post 944621)
Not to hijack this thread, but I have seen red receptacles (don't recall where). What is the significance of that color?

Emergency system receptacles shall be identified, "RED" is common color for this.

Code05 06-16-2012 08:36 AM

Code reference? I did the same search.

http://forums.mikeholt.com/showthread.php?t=116869

Code05 06-16-2012 08:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stickboy1375 (Post 944622)
Emergency system receptacles shall be identified, "RED" is common color for this.

Nice edit.:)

stickboy1375 06-16-2012 08:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Code05 (Post 944627)
Code reference? I did the same search.

http://forums.mikeholt.com/showthread.php?t=116869

Im just assuming red is common... that area of the NEC is not my strong suite....

stickboy1375 06-16-2012 08:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Code05 (Post 944629)
Nice edit.:)

I know... sorry bout that. :)

Code05 06-16-2012 08:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stickboy1375 (Post 944630)
Im just assuming red is common... that area of the NEC is not my strong suite....

Me neither, I leave 517 questions to Roger. I have never did any work in that area.

stickboy1375 06-16-2012 08:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Code05 (Post 944636)
Me neither, I leave 517 questions to Roger. I have never did any work in that area.

Me neither, sounds fun though. :laughing:

Code05 06-16-2012 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by stickboy1375 (Post 944640)
Me neither, sounds fun though. :laughing:

The only thing that I know has to marked red is FA OCPDs.

micromind 06-16-2012 10:11 AM

As far as I know, the requirement for red receptacles powered by an emergency system is not found in the NEC. It's a hospital certification requirement.

I've also seen plenty of red receptacles (and light switches) in other buildings, all powered by the emergency system.


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