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Old 06-05-2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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red outlet in garage

I have one 110 v outlet in my garage that is red, why?


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Old 06-05-2012, 10:33 AM   #2
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It normally means that it's supplied by emergency power such as a generator. Or someone just happened to have a red one and thought it looked cool.


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Old 06-05-2012, 01:25 PM   #3
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In a house I go with second option. Or they worked in a hospital and took one home to use.
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Both the posts above are correct.

In a hospital, in patient care rooms, all switches and receptacles that are supplied by the life-safety system are required to be red. This is not in the NEC, it's a hospital certification requirement.

A lot of commercial/industrial buildings I work on use red for switches and receptacles that are supplied by a generator when utility power is out.

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Is it wired in any unusual way, for example is not live unless an extension cord is pressed onto a set of prongs (male receptacle; inlet) in an outlet box somewhere else in the house?
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