Common Words From The Lingo Of Electricians

Common Words From The Lingo Of Electricians

Just like every other industry out there, the one associated with electricity and electrical works has its own unique lingo that average people may find difficult to comprehend, unless they have had some foreknowledge before. There is a large number of terms in our trade that won’t make any sense to you, but we use them regularly while working. Although it’s not imperative that homeowners should know about our jargon, knowing some important terms can hardly fail to be useful at some point of time.
 
Our professionals at OA Electrical Services have compiled a list with some common terms used by electricians in their conversations:
 
Fuse
 
This is a special device designed for melting apart and preventing current from reaching a circuit.
 
Current
 
It is used for defining the passage of electrons throughout a conductor, for instance, a wire. It’s unit of measurement is amperes (symbol - amps).
 
Wattage
 
Wattage is essentially the rate of electrical energy utilised by appliances and lights. The measure is proportional directly to voltage and current, but is the product of both, in mathematics.
 
Voltage
 
This quantity can be described as the force at which electricity can flow through a conductor, such as a wire.
 
Ground
 
No, 'ground' in electrician glossary does not mean the 'soil'. Rather, it denotes the common point of reference for voltage of the electrical system existing within a house. It can also indicate a connectedness to earth, either unintended or intended.
 
Overload
 
Overloading is caused due to a circuit carrying excessive electricity for a long time. It can heat up the wires and make the circuit breaker trip.
 
Circuit
 
It is the intended or actual path that a current follows between points having different voltages, for example, a neutral and a hot wire. Every loop completed by the current is, in fact, a circuit.
 
Hot
 
Used for referring to a wire, it means that a wire in question is carrying electricity.
 
Short
 
Short or short circuit is some unintended continuity from any particular hot wire to a device or wire having a different voltage. It usually trips a circuit breaker because of a giant flow of electricity through a conducive and unintended path.
 
So next time that you are talking to an electrician, you would be able to follow at least half of the things that they say. If you require professional electrical services in Craigieburn or Epping, then contact our expert team at OA Electrical Services.
 
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