An electrical supply store provides all the products you need to support the power and energy infrastructure for your home or building project. Whether you are remodeling or building new, you will need to be able to find the right products that fit within your budget. Many stores offer expert advice for the do-it-yourself types who may have questions and need help with what products and tools are required for your project. Builders and other professionals may shop around for the electrical supply stores that have the products you use most, or those that will offer a discount for your repeat business or for a certain volume.
Consider just a few of the products you’ll find at an electrical supply store:
Ballasts are the kinds of hosing required by fluorescent or HID lamps that regulate voltage and the current supplied to the lamp during start up and throughout its operation. Types of ballasts include those for compact fluorescents, HPS and LPS, LED drivers, linear fluorescents, mercury, and metal halide.
A conduit is a tubing system that is used to protect and route electrical wiring. It may be made of metal (aluminum or iron), plastic, fiber, or fired clay. You may also find a flexible conduit for special purposes. The system includes the tubing as well as the elbows needed to connect the tubes together.
To make any electrical system work, you need the right controls. Examples include switches to control lights or fan speed, garage door openers, and controls for motors such as generators or other equipment.
A fuse provides protection against excessive currents to a particular circuit. It is made of a metal wire or strip that melts when too much current flows through it. Homeowners commonly will replace fuses when they “blow” because of a short circuit, overloading, or a device failure.
A generator can be used to supply power when energy supplied by a power company is not available. Generators are commonly used by builders to provide electricity to power tools until the electricity is configured for a site. Many homeowners have some form of this equipment to use in the case of ice storms or other power outages, so they can continue to power the essential equipment in their homes.
To connect all the energy equipment together in your home or business, you’ll need wiring and associated devices. Some products include cables and cords, enclosures, devices and accessories. The typical homeowner may have some knowledge of basic wiring, but most of these products will be used primarily by professionals.
Whether shopping as a homeowner or as a professional, look for an electrical supply store with the products and level of customer service you need.